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Contact hybridization in the Crinia laevis complex (Anura: Leoptodactylidae)

MJ Littlejohn, GF Watson, JJ Loftus-Hills

Australian Journal of Zoology | Published : 1971


Mating-call structure was used to determine the nature and extent of an interaction between the two morphologically indistinguishable taxa, C. laevis and C. victoriana, where their geographic ranges contact in south-western Victoria. Intermediacy of mating-call structure was detected in a zone about 115 km long and less than 2 km wide. Acoustic analysis of call samples from six localities indicated that hybrids, backcross progeny, and one or both parental types were present in this zone. Results of reciprocal artificial hybridization tests between allopatric individuals of the two taxa showed that there was a high level of interfertility in both combinations, but with slightly reduced surviv..

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