Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology

, Volume 9, Issue 4, pp 291–293

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

  • N. I. Passmore
  • S. R. Telford

DOI: 10.1007/BF00299885

Cite this article as:
Passmore, N.I. & Telford, S.R. Behav Ecol Sociobiol (1981) 9: 291. doi:10.1007/BF00299885


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.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • N. I. Passmore
    • 1
  • S. R. Telford
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ZoologyUniversity of the WitwatersrandJohannesburgSouth Africa

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