Yingfeng YUE,Long JIN,Chunlan MAI,et al.No Evidence for the Compensation Hypothesis in the Swelled Vent Frog (Feirana quadranus)[J].Asian Herpetological Research(AHR),2020,11(3):225-229.[doi:10.16373/j.cnki.ahr.190064]
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No Evidence for the Compensation Hypothesis in the Swelled Vent Frog (Feirana quadranus)
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No Evidence for the Compensation Hypothesis in the Swelled Vent Frog (Feirana quadranus)
Yingfeng YUE123 Long JIN123 Chunlan MAI123 Xiaofu HUANG123* and Wenbo LIAO123*
1 Key Laboratory of Southwest China Wildlife Resources Conservation (Ministry of Education), China West Normal University, Nanchong, 637009, Sichuan, China
2 Key Laboratory of Artificial Propagation and Utilization in Anurans of Nanchong City, China West Normal University, Nanchong, 637009, Sichuan, China
3 Institute of Eco-adaptation in Amphibians and Reptiles, China West Normal University, Nanchong, 637009, Sichuan, China
compensation hypothesis body condition Feirana quadranus testes asymmetry testes mass
The compensation hypothesis predicts that if the left testis is defective e.g. due to developmental stress, the increased right testis serves a compensatory role, and thereby displaying testes asymmetry which can be a reliable indicator of male body condition. Here, to test the prediction of the compensation hypothesis, we analyzed difference in size between left testis and right testis and the relationship between testes asymmetry and male body condition in the swelled vent frog (Feirana quadranus). We found that the left testis was larger than right testis, displaying a significant directional asymmetry in testes size. Although testes mass was correlated with body condition, testes asymmetry was not correlated with body condition, which cannot provide evidence that the right testis had a compensatory function. Our findings suggest no evidence for the compensation hypothesis in this species due to lacking the compensatory function in right testis.


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