Application of a Genetic Algorithm to Predict the Growth Rate of Bufo melanostictus in Urban Forest
Bufo melanostictus, commonly known as the Asian common toad, is widely found in various urban forests and marshy lands. The animal is not endangered (present conservation status: Least Concern) but is under threat of being so due to various issues. One of the major threats to the toad population is the recent rapid scale of urbanization, which is gradually diminishing the common habitat and reproduction places of the species. Like other species of Bufonidae family, toads breed in still and slow-flowing rivers and temporary and permanent ponds. Many rivers have changed their characteristics due to climate change. For this reason many habitats formerly suitable for breeding are now found to be unsuitable. The present study aims to estimate the growth rate of the toad based on its various habitats and on climate patterns along with food availability. The impact from urbanization and deforestation is also considered. Overall the study tries to analyze the impact of urbanization and changes in climate patterns on the Asian common toad using a genetic algorithm technique.
KeywordsGrowth rate Genetic algorithm Climate impacts
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