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Corpus Systématique Animale

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Lekking behavior in the neotropical frog Ololygon rubra

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  • Godfrey R. Bourne
  • Department of Biological Sciences, Florida Atlantic University, 33431-0991, Boca Raton, FL, USA

This is the first study to document in detail the satisfaction of Bradbury's four criteria for categorizing any anuran as a classical lekking species. The paternal care of male neotropical frogs, Ololygon rubra, consisted of minimal contributions of their genes. Males competed acoustically at traditional, defended, clustered sites (Fig. 1, Table 3) to attract gravid females, who paired with the males at these locations but took the amplectant males to oviposition sites away from the pairing sites. Individual males apparently did not control resources necessary for attracting females, because there were no correlations between male numbers and measured habitat variables, or between male numbers and oviposition sites. On chorusing nights, males always arrived at their display arenas before any females were observed. Females moved freely among clusters and males, before making their choices of mates. However, males employed other mate acquisition strategies that tended to undermine the initial female choices. The predictions that lekking species should have a relatively extended breeding season, a highly biased operational sex ratio (OSR), and an absence of male control of resources essential for female acquisition were also evaluated and corroborated. These frogs have two long breeding seasons encompassing a total of about 6 months (Fig. 2). There were strongly male biased nightly OSRs (Table 1), that contributed to high variance in male reproductive success (RS), but reduced indices of sexual selection, and a relatively low coefficient of variation (CV) of male RS (Table 5) compared to other amphibians. Thus, all of this evidence supports the conclusion that O. rubra in coastal Guyana uses a lek mating system.

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Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology

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