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Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology

, Volume 7, Issue 4, pp 329–332 | Cite as

Complex brood care and reproductive behaviour in captive poison-arrow frogs, Dendrobates pumilio O. Schmidt

  • Peter Weygoldt
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Summary

Brood care in Dendrobates pumilio not only involves egg attendance and tadpole transport, but also tadpole attendance and feeding. Each tadpole is carried by the attending female to a water-filled bromelial leaf axil and regularly fed on unfertilized eggs. The tadpole responds to an approaching adult with a specialized, conspicuous behavior signalling its presence. Male-male competition includes fighting, egg eating, and male tadpole transport. D. pumilio is the first frog known to feed its free-living larvae.

Keywords

Reproductive Behaviour Behavior Signalling Brood Care Leaf Axil Conspicuous Behavior 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Weygoldt
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  1. 1.Biologisches Institut I (Zoologie) der Albert-Ludwings-UniversitätFreiburg i.Br.Federal Republic of Germany

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