The effect of ontogeny on interspecific interactions in larval amphibians

M. J. Sredl, James Collins

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Assessed the relative importance of predator density, prey density and time of prey introduction on interactions between larval salamanders Ambystoma tigrinum and their anuran prey Pseudacris triseriata, and examined how these interactions affected mass at metamorphosis, length of larval period, growth rate, and survival. Microhabitat differences in primary productivity, sources of predation other than salamanders, and abiotic factors were important determinants of community structure. High levels of salamander predation negatively affected tadpole survival, but affected no other response variable. Tadpoles in the early predator introduction treatment had longer larval periods and lower survival rates than those in the late treatment. Intaractions of factors, including time of introduction, were common. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2232-2239
Number of pages8
JournalEcology
Volume72
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1991

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Ambystoma tigrinum
predators
metamorphosis
microhabitat
microhabitats
primary productivity
community structure
survival rate
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The effect of ontogeny on interspecific interactions in larval amphibians. / Sredl, M. J.; Collins, James.

In: Ecology, Vol. 72, No. 6, 1991, p. 2232-2239.

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