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Biota colombiana

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ROJAS-MORALES, Julián A.; LA MARCA, Enrique  and  RAMIREZ-CHAVES, Héctor E.. Advertisement call of a population of the nurse frog Leucostethus fraterdanieli (Anura: Dendrobatidae), with notes on its natural history. Biota colombiana [online]. 2021, vol.22, n.1, pp.122-132. ISSN 0124-5376.

We describe the advertisement call of seven males and observations on the natural history related to the parental attention by males, of a population of nurse frogs attributed to the Leucostethus fraterdanieli complex from the Central Cordillera in the Department of Caldas, Colombia. The advertisement call consists of a long sequence of repeated (x̅ = 143 notes.min-1) pulsed notes, which have an average duration of 79 ± 17 ms (range 63-122 ms), separated by time intervals between 187-413 ms (289 ± 67 ms). The dominant frequency values are in the range between 3209-3520 Hz. Our results suggest differences in temporal and spectral parameters between the population studied and other populations assigned to L. fraterdanieli, L. brachistriatus, and the recently described L. jota.

Keywords : Amphibia; Andes; Bioacoustics; Caldas; Colombian Central Cordillera; Male brooding behavior; Phytotelmata..

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