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Patterns of second‐to‐fourth digit length ratios (2D:4D) in two species of frogs and two species of lizards at La Selva, Costa Rica
It is now well documented that androgen and estrogen signaling dur- ing early development cause a sexual dimorphism in second-to-fourth digit length ratio (2D:4D). It is also well documented that males of mam- malian ...
Evidence of maternal provisioning of alkaloid-based chemical defenses in the strawberry poison frog Oophaga pumilio
Many organisms use chemical defenses to reduce predation risk. Aposematic dendrobatid frogs sequester alkaloid-based chemical defenses from a diet of arthropods, but research on these defenses has been limited to adults. ...
Sexual dimorphism in the second-to-fourth digit length ratio in green anoles, Anolis carolinensis (Squamata: Polychrotidae), from the southeastern United States
Digit length ratios are organized during embryonic development and may show sexual dimorphism related to steroid exposure. The second-to-fourth digit length ratio (2D:4D) has received the most attention. In the present ...
Rhinella yunga. Predation
Rhinella yunga, a recently described toad species of the Rhinella margaritifera group (Moravec et al. 2014. Zookeys 37:35–56), is known from the tropical mountains of the Cordillera Yanachaga, Junin Province, Peru. Rhinella ...
Empirical evidence for multiple costs of begging in poison frog tadpoles
In recent decades, theoretical and empirical work has investigated the relative roles of costs and benefits in inhibiting excessive displays of begging to parents. Whether costs are important in maintaining reliability of ...
Tadpole begging reveals high quality
Parents can benefit from allocating limited resources non randomly among offspring, and offspring solicitation (i.e. begging) is often hypothesized to evolve because it contains information valuable to choosy parents. We ...
Developmental morphology of granular skin glands in pre-metamorphic egg-eating poison frogs
Parents in many taxa, including insects, mol- luscs, fish, snakes, and amphibians provision chemical defences, such as peptides, steroids, or alkaloids to their offspring to reduce the risk of predation. In most cases, ...
Sexual dimorphism of the second-to-fourth digit length ratio (2D : 4D) in the Strawberry Poison Dart Frog (Oophaga pumilio) in Costa Rica
The second-to-fourth digit ratio (2D : 4D) is a well-studied sexual dimorphism that likely arises as a result of prenatal androgenic effects on homeobox gene expression. This dimorphism has been found to exhibit interesting ...
Rhaebo haematiticus (litter toad) and Craugastor fitzingeri (Fitzinger's rain frog) reproductive behavior
C. fitzingeri was observed in amplexus with a large female R. haematiticus at Sarapiquí, Costa Rica
Larval aggression is independent of food limitation in nurseries of a poison frog
Aggression between nurserymates is common in animals and often hypothesized to result from proximate resource limita- tion. In numerous terrestrial frogs, larvae develop in phytotelmata, tiny water bodies where resources ...