[1].No Male Preference for Large Females in the Asian Common Toad (Duttaphrynus melanostictus): Effect of the Sex Ratio and Breeding System[J].Asian Herpetological Research,2020,11(4):328-334.[doi:10.16373/j.cnki.ahr.200032]
 Lixia ZHANG,Xiangyu YUAN,Yongsun SHENG,et al.No Male Preference for Large Females in the Asian Common Toad (Duttaphrynus melanostictus): Effect of the Sex Ratio and Breeding System[J].Asian Herpetological Research(AHR),2020,11(4):328-334.[doi:10.16373/j.cnki.ahr.200032]
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Asian Herpetological Research[ISSN:2095-0357/CN:51-1735/Q]

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11
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2020年4期
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328-334
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出版日期:
2020-12-25

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Title:
No Male Preference for Large Females in the Asian Common Toad (Duttaphrynus melanostictus): Effect of the Sex Ratio and Breeding System
文章编号:
AHR-2020-0032
Author(s):
Lixia ZHANG1 Xiangyu YUAN1 Yongsun SHENG1 Xueting ZHONG2 Jiahong LIAO3 Zhenhao LIU3 and Wei CHEN3*
1 Department of Ecology, College of Life Sciences, Henan Normal University, Xinxiang 453007, Henan, China
2 Key Laboratory of Vector Biology and Pathogen Control of Zhejiang Province, College of Life Sciences, Huzhou University, Huzhou 313000, Zhejiang, China
3
Ecological Security and Protection Key Laboratory of Sichuan Province, Mianyang Normal University, Mianyang 621000, Sichuan, China
Keywords:
Asian common toad chorus attendance Duttaphrynus melanostictus male mating preference parental care sex ratio
DOI:
10.16373/j.cnki.ahr.200032
Abstract:
Mating preferences are common in natural populations of animals. Numerous studies have shown that male mate choice can occur in a wide range of taxa. However, male mating preferences are still poorly understood in anurans. Sexual selection theory predicts that male mate choice is not expected to arise if 1) adult population exhibited a highly male-biased sex ratio which will diminish male mating success; 2) males provide less parental care; 3) mating success of males is associated with chorus tenure in which males would maximize their fitness by mating with multiple mates. We tested these predictions in the Asian common toad Duttaphrynus melanostictus from southeastern Tibet, China. Our field experimental results indicated that, the breeding population exhibited a highly male-biased sex ratio, called males did not defend sites which contain significant resources required by females and offspring, both sexes provided no parental care after egg-laying, and the toad species was characterized with prolonged breeding season chorus attendance. In male mate choice experiment, males did not show preferences for a larger gravid female over a smaller gravid female. We suggest that male mating success in the Asian common toad is likely determined by the number but not the quality of mates. Future research should focus on how sexual selection on male acoustic signaling and how female preference exert different types of selection pressure on male call traits in this Tibet toad.

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