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PREDATION BY THE GRAPSID CRAB, ARMASES ANGUSTUM (SMITH, 1870), ON TADPOLES OF THE GREEN POISON FROG, DENDROBATES AURATUS GIRARD, 1855

PREDATION BY THE GRAPSID CRAB, ARMASES ANGUSTUM (SMITH, 1870), ON TADPOLES OF THE GREEN POISON... PREDATION BY THE GRAPSID CRAB, ARMASES ANGUSTUM (SMITH, 1870), ON TADPOLES OF THE GREEN POISON FROG, DENDROBATES AURATUS GIRARD, 1855 BY HEATHER M. GRAY 1,3 ) and JOHN H. CHRISTY 2 ) 1 ) Redpath Museum, McGill University, 859 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3A 2K6 2 ) Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Apartado 2072, Balboa, Ancón, Republica de Panamá On Taboga Island, Republic of Panama, a grapsid crab, Armases angustum (Smith, 1870), was found in one of the treeholes of a buttress tree that was used heavily by Dendrobates auratus Girard, 1855 for breeding. The crab ate tadpoles in captivity and thus is a new potential predator of D. auratus . D. auratus is a species of terrestrial frog with parental care. After a lengthy courtship, females deposit up to 6 eggs under a leaf where the male fertilizes them. When the tadpoles emerge, the male transports them on his back, usually one at a time, either to small ephemeral pools, such as those in fallen leaves and fruit husks, or to larger, more permanent pools, such as those in treeholes. Both environments pose risks for tadpoles. Small pools frequently dry up before tadpoles complete metamorphosis and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Crustaceana Brill

PREDATION BY THE GRAPSID CRAB, ARMASES ANGUSTUM (SMITH, 1870), ON TADPOLES OF THE GREEN POISON FROG, DENDROBATES AURATUS GIRARD, 1855

Crustaceana , Volume 73 (8): 1023 – Jan 1, 2000

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Brill
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© 2000 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0011-216x
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1568-5403
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10.1163/156854000504958
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Abstract

PREDATION BY THE GRAPSID CRAB, ARMASES ANGUSTUM (SMITH, 1870), ON TADPOLES OF THE GREEN POISON FROG, DENDROBATES AURATUS GIRARD, 1855 BY HEATHER M. GRAY 1,3 ) and JOHN H. CHRISTY 2 ) 1 ) Redpath Museum, McGill University, 859 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3A 2K6 2 ) Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Apartado 2072, Balboa, Ancón, Republica de Panamá On Taboga Island, Republic of Panama, a grapsid crab, Armases angustum (Smith, 1870), was found in one of the treeholes of a buttress tree that was used heavily by Dendrobates auratus Girard, 1855 for breeding. The crab ate tadpoles in captivity and thus is a new potential predator of D. auratus . D. auratus is a species of terrestrial frog with parental care. After a lengthy courtship, females deposit up to 6 eggs under a leaf where the male fertilizes them. When the tadpoles emerge, the male transports them on his back, usually one at a time, either to small ephemeral pools, such as those in fallen leaves and fruit husks, or to larger, more permanent pools, such as those in treeholes. Both environments pose risks for tadpoles. Small pools frequently dry up before tadpoles complete metamorphosis and

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Published: Jan 1, 2000

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