Gang WANG,Yuzhou GONG,Jinfeng HAN,et al.Oviposition Site Selection of the Plateau Frog (Nanorana pleskei) in the Zoige Wetland, China[J].Asian Herpetological Research(AHR),2017,8(4):269-274.[doi:10.16373/j.cnki.ahr.160024]
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Oviposition Site Selection of the Plateau Frog (Nanorana pleskei) in the Zoige Wetland, China
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Oviposition Site Selection of the Plateau Frog (Nanorana pleskei) in the Zoige Wetland, China
Gang WANG12 Yuzhou GONG12 Jinfeng HAN3 Cheng LI1* and Feng XIE1*
1 Chengdu Institute of Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chengdu 610041, China
2 University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
3 The Management Bureau of Zoige Wetland National Nature Reserve, Zoige 624500, China
oviposition site metamorphic success Nanorana pleskei Zoige wetland
For oviparous species, oviposition site selection influences adult reproductive success as well as the fitness of the resulting offspring. Females usually choose potential egg-laying sites depending on abundance and quality to maximize their reproductive success. We focused on the oviposition site selection of this plateau frog in Zoige wetland and investigated how the egg-laying pattern of the females influences their offspring’s survival. We found that shallow waters, decentralized spawning patterns, and egg attachment to appropriate distance to the water surface were the main spawning strategies of Nanorana pleskei endemic to Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. We argued that drought caused by increasing temperature and variable precipitation has probably influenced N. pleskei reproductive success, which may be a crucial reason for its population decline. Our findings have important significance for habitat preservation, increasing embryo survival and establishing practical conservation policies.


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