, Volume 9, Issue 4, pp 291-293

The effect of chorus organization on mate localization in the Painted Reed frog (Hyperolius marmoratus)

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Experiments with female Painted Reed frog (Hyperolius marmoratus) indicate that temporal separation of the calls of neighbouring males does not enhance their locatability. The ability of females to locate a sound source is not impaired when identical calls are broadcast simultaneously through two spatially separated loudspeakers (n=8). We suggest that call alternation may be important in the spatial distribution of males rather than in the ability of females to locate mates.