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Female Preferences for Call Properties of Giant Spiny Frog (Quasipaa spinosa)

Female Preferences for Call Properties of Giant Spiny Frog (Quasipaa spinosa)

Yanyan Yu1,2,3, Yizhong Hu1, Qipeng Zhang1, Rongquan Zheng1,4,*, Bing Shen1, Shenshen Kong1 and Ke Li1

1Key Laboratory of Wildlife Biotechnology and Conservation and Utilization of Zhejiang Province, and Institute of Ecology, Zhejiang Normal University, Jinhua 321004, Zhejiang, China
2School of Life Sciences, Henan University, Kaifeng, Henan 475004, China
3School of Science and Technology, Xinyang College, Xinyang, Henan, 464000, China
4Xingzhi College of Zhejiang Normal University, Jinhua 321004, Zhejiang, China

Yanyan Yu and Yizhong Hu have contributed equally to this paper.

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The advertisement call is an important recognition feature in Amphibian. For example, previous call of two-choice discrimination studies on the genus Quasipaa spinosa detected the phonotaxis of the female frog for the calls from different lineages. In this work, we used a single-stimulus design to analyse phonotactic response to stimulus and subsequently estimated the values of female preference functions for call duration and call rate, and recorded and analysed the properties of 756 advertisement calls from 40 males at five reproductive stages and conducted single-stimulus phonotaxis experiments to estimate female preference for different acoustic parameters. Our studies have shown Q. spinosa may have female mating preferences and possible variations in calls at five reproductive stages (from April to September). Correlations were established between certain call properties, i.e., pulse rate was positively correlated with fundamental frequency (r=0.151, P<0.01) and negatively correlated with dominant frequency (r=-0.141, P<0.01). The females frog had the shortest response time to calls of 4-note duration and rate of 15 n/min. Our results may provide acoustic information of the spiny frog to further develop effective conservation recommendations for this economically important but threatened animal.

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Pakistan Journal of Zoology


Vol. 52, Iss. 4, Pages 1225-1630


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