An academic publishing model in which journals do not charge fees to either authors or readers.

Average time for first decision (excluding desk-rejections): 5 weeks

Animal Biodiversity and Conservation. Volume 41.2 (2018) Pages: 405-413

Breeding activity of the agile frog Rana dalmatina in a rural area

Biaggini, M., Campetti, I., Corti, C.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.32800/abc.2018.41.0405

Download

PDF

Abstract

Rural landscapes can host many protected species that are constantly threatened by agriculture intensification and abandonment of traditional managements. Amphibians are severely affected by both processes due to loss and alteration of aquatic and terrestrial habitats. We monitored the breeding activity of Rana dalmatina in a lowland rural area focusing on spawning sites in open habitats, namely ditches amid traditional arable lands and pastures with varying vegetation features, size, and distances from woodlots. Egg clump density and clump size differed between sites, probably depending on environmental and ecological factors (i.e., larval competition, food availability, and predation). The sites next to woodlots showed the highest clump density (up to 0.718 n/m2). Our observations indicate that the maintenance and correct management of water bodies connected to traditional rural activities can be key to amphibian conservation in agricultural areas.

Keywords

Agriculture, Amphibians, Breeding sites, Conservation, Rana dalmatina

Cite

Biaggini, M., Campetti, I., Corti, C., 2018. Breeding activity of the agile frog Rana dalmatina in a rural area. Animal Biodiversity and Conservation, 41: 405-413, DOI: https://doi.org/10.32800/abc.2018.41.0405

Reception date:

30/11/2017

Acceptation date:

26/02/2018

Publication date:

06/08/2018

Share

Visits

823

Downloads

157

Content appears on: