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Information Resources on Amphibians & Reptiles
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Abrunhosa, P.A. and H. Wogel (2004). Breeding behavior of the leaf-frog Phyllomedusa burmeisteri (Anura: Hylidae). Amphibia Reptilia 25(2): 125-135. ISSN: 0173-5373.
Descriptors: leaf frog, Phyllomedusa burmeisteri, breeding behavior, males.

Coddington, E. and F.L. Moore (2003). Neuroendocrinology of context-dependent stress responses: vasotocin alters the effect of corticosterone on amphibian behaviors. Hormones and Behavior 43(1): 222-228. ISSN: 0018-506X.
NAL Call Number: QP801.H7H64
Descriptors: amphibian, stress responses, neuroendocrinology, vasotocin alters effect of corticosterone, behavior.

Gordon, N.M. (2004). The effect of supplemental feeding on the territorial behavior of the green frog (Rana clamitans). Amphibia Reptilia 25(1): 55-62. ISSN: 0173-5373.
Descriptors: Rana clamitans, green frog, supplemental feeding, effect, territorial behavior.

Hobel, G. (2005). Rana palustris (pickerel frog) and Ambystoma maculatum (spotted salamander). Reproductive behavior. Herpetological Review 36(1): 55-56. ISSN: 0018-084X.
NAL Call Number: QL640.H47
Descriptors: pickerel frog, Rana palustris, spotted salamander, Ambystoma maculatum, reproductive behavior.

Hosie, C. and N. Hind (2004). Using behaviour to assess welfare in captive amphibians. Animal Welfare 13(Suppl.): S244. ISSN: 0962-7286.
NAL Call Number: HV4701.A557
Descriptors: amphibians, captive, welfare, behavior, assess, meeting, UFAW.
Notes: Meeting Information: Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW) Symposium on Science in the Service of Animal Welfare, Edinburgh, UK; April 02-04, 2003.

Jofre, G.M., C.J. Reading, and I.E. di Tada (2005). Breeding behaviour and reproduction in the Pampa de Achala toad, Bufo achalensis. Amphibia Reptilia 26(4): 451-458. ISSN: 0173-5373.
Descriptors: toad, Bufo achalensis, reproduction, breeding behavior.

Kunz, K. (2004). Zum Paarungsverhalten Tropischer Krallenfroesche Silurana sp. Tiel 2. [The pairing behavior of the tropical clawed frogs Silurana sp. Part 2.]. Reptilia D 9(1): 56-62 Nr 45. ISSN: 1431-8997.
Descriptors: tropical clawed frog, Silurana species, pairing behavior, mating, reproduction.
Language of Text: German.

Martinez Solano, I. and M. Garcia Paris (2004). Comportamientos defensivos de ranas y sapos. [Defensive behavior of frogs and toads.]. Quercus 225: 32-35. ISSN: 0212-0054.
Descriptors: Anura, toads, frogs, defensive behavior.
Language of Text: Spanish.

McConville, J., L. Sterritt, and P.R. Laming (2006). Behavioural responses to electrical and visual stimulation of the toad tectum. Behavioural Brain Research 170(1): 15-22. ISSN: 0166-4328.
Abstract: Slow potential shifts in brain structures have been recorded and correlated with motivational state in several species. Previous studies have also found that application of an electrical current to the surface of brain tissue generates such slow potential shifts. The present study was conducted to examine if imposed dc shifts to the brain influenced motivation in the toad (Bufo bufo). Toads (B. bufo) had stimulating electrodes implanted on the surface of each optic tectum. After 1 day of recovery combined dc stimuli and a prey-like visual stimulus were presented to the animal. A current-dependent increase in prey-catching activities occurred with dc currents from 0.1 to 500 micro A and in avoidance behaviours from 50 to 500 micro A. There is also evidence of additivity of dc and visually induced negativity increasing some behaviours. The dc current was applied in order to start a movement of ions through the brain structure but more specifically through radial glia. The resulting flux of ions is thought to be responsible for the recorded slow potential shift associated with motivation and these experiments hopefully shed further light on the possible neuromodulatory role played by radial glia through the spatial buffering of potassium and the associated slow potential shifts.
Descriptors: toad, Bufo bufo physiology, contingent negative variation physiology, motivation, predatory behavior physiology, superior colliculus physiology, visual perception physiology, arousal physiology, attention, avoidance learning physiology, brain mapping, electric stimulation, extinction, psychological physiology, feeding behavior physiology, ion channels physiology, neuroglia physiology, orientation physiology, photic stimulation, potassium metabolism.

Mirza, R.S., M.C.O. Ferrari, J.M. Kiesecker, and D.P. Chivers (2006). Responses of American toad tadpoles to predation cues: behavioural response thresholds, threat-sensitivity and acquired predation recognition. Behaviour 143(Part 7): 877-889. ISSN: 0005-7959.
Descriptors: amphibians, toad, tadpoles, predation cues, behavioral responses, thresholds, threat sensitivity, predation recognition.

Moore, F.L., S.K. Boyd, and D.B. Kelley (2005). Historical perspective: Hormonal regulation of behaviors in amphibians. Hormones and Behavior 48(4): 373-383. ISSN: 0018-506X.
NAL Call Number: QP801.H7H64
Descriptors: amphibians, hormonal regulation, behaviors, hormones, hormonal control of behaviors, review.

Shepard, D.B. (2004). Seasonal differences in aggression and site tenacity in male Green Frogs, Rana clamitans. Copeia 2004(1): 159-164. ISSN: 0045-8511.
Descriptors: green frogs, male, Rana clamitans, agression, seasonal differences, site tenacity.

Woolley, S.C., J.T. Sakata, and D. Crews (2004). Evolutionary insights into the regulation of courtship behavior in male amphibians and reptiles. Physiology and Behavior 83(2): 347-360. ISSN: 0031-9384.
Abstract: Comparative studies of species differences and similarities in the regulation of courtship behavior afford an understanding of evolutionary pressures and constraints shaping reproductive processes and the relative contributions of hormonal, genetic, and ecological factors. Here, we review species differences and similarities in the control of courtship and copulatory behaviors in male amphibians and reptiles, focusing on the role of sex steroid hormones, the neurohormone arginine vasotocin (AVT), and catecholamines. We discuss species differences in the sensory modalities used during courtship and in the neural correlates of these differences, as well as the value of particular model systems for neural evolution studies with regard to reproductive processes. For example, in some genera of amphibians (e.g., Ambystoma) and reptiles (e.g., Cnemidophorus), interspecific hybridizations occur, making it possible to compare the ancestral with the descendant species, and these systems provide a window into the process of behavioral and neural evolution as well as the effect of genome size. Though our understanding of the hormonal and neural correlates of mating behavior in a variety of amphibian and reptilian species has advanced substantially, more studies that manipulate hormone or neurotransmitter systems are required to assess the functions of these systems.
Descriptors: amphibians, reptiles, courtship behavior, male, hormonal, genetic, species differences, copulatory behaviors.



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