Habitat, activity, and food of Phrynobatrachus francisci in Comoe National Park, Ivory Coast, at the end of the dry season

TitleHabitat, activity, and food of Phrynobatrachus francisci in Comoe National Park, Ivory Coast, at the end of the dry season
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1995
AuthorsRödel, M-O.
JournalSalamandra
Volume31
Pagination79-92
Date Published1995
Accession NumberBIOSIS:PREV199598544167
Abstract

In Comoe National Park the savanna inhabiting frog Phrynobatrachus francisci (BOULENGER, 1912) changes its habitats during the dry season. While living at ponds in the wet season, it can be traced only at the border of the river in the dry season. There it is only active during nighttime and within a few centimeters from open water. Habitat selection and activity time seem to be results of higher humidity. Analysis of excrements and dissected frogs as well as selected food choise experiments indicate that P. francisci is an opportunistic feeder. Although females have fully developed eggs, at the end of the dry season, reproduction did not occur in the remaining water bodies of river Comoe.

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