Journal article

Territorial vocal behavior in hybrid smooth froglets, Geocrinia laevis complex (Anura : Myobatrachidae)

MP Scroggie, MJ Littlejohn

BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY AND SOCIOBIOLOGY | SPRINGER | Published : 2005

Abstract

Males of the parapatically distributed myobatrachid frogs Geocrinia laevis and G. victoriana have highly divergent advertisement calls. Furthermore, the two species differ strongly in the complexity of their vocal repertoires, with males of G. victoriana possessing, and those of G. laevis lacking, a distinct territorial vocalization (encounter call). We investigated the territorial vocal behavior of males in a persistent natural hybrid population. Most hybrid males possessed encounter calls functionally equivalent to those of G. victoriana, that were produced following exposure to playback of recorded advertisement calls presented at >110 dB peak sound pressure level. The territorial acousti..

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