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Boletín Científico. Centro de Museos. Museo de Historia Natural

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GOMEZ-MARTINEZ, Mario J; LLANO-MEJIA, Julián  and  CORTES-GOMEZ, Ángela María. PRESENCE OF Eleutherodactylus johnstonei (ANURA: ELEUTHERODACTYLUS) IN IBAGUÉ, TOLIMA, COLOMBIA: THE ROLE OF COMMERCIAL GARDEN CENTERS. Bol. Cient. Mus. Hist. Nat. Univ. Caldas [online]. 2016, vol.20, n.2, pp.164-170. ISSN 0123-3068.  http://dx.doi.org/10.17151/bccm.2016.20.2.12.

The "Antilles coquí" frog, Eleutherodactylus johnstonei, is considered an invasive species in several countries of Central and South America which can cause negative effects by putting at risk the health of humans because of its sharp chanting becoming auditory contamination, as well as for being carrier of parasites. In order to identify sources of introduction and mechanisms of dispersion of the species, the contribution of commercial garden centers in the city of Ibagué is reported and described in this article, with the arrival of E. johnstonei to the city and its subsequent dispersion in residential areas through the transportation of ornamental plants. Individuals of the species were observed in residential and commercial downtown areas in 2011, 2012 and 2013. During night visits to commercial garden centers in the city, the presence of the species was identified in nine of the 12 commercial garden centers visited, as well as the acoustic record was done in seven neighborhoods in the city. Semi-structured interviews with keepers helped identifying that the main area from where the plants come is the department of Cundinamarca, specifically from the municipalities of Fusagasugá and Mesitas del Colegio. The E. johnstonei was reported for the first time in the town of Chinauta, Fusagasugá (Cundinamarca). Given the biological implications and potential economic impacts of the invasion, it is necessary to propose mitigation strategies leading to control the presence of the species in wholesale commercial garden centers and those of Ibagué in order to prevent the dispersion to other areas of the city and the country.

Keywords : anuran; introduced species; Fusagasugá; noise polution; ornamental plants; potential invasion.

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