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Stress and Well-being

Ankley, G.T., S.J. Degitz, S.A. Diamond, and J.E. Tietge (2004). Assessment of environmental stressors potentially responsible for malformations in North American anuran amphibians. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety 58(1): 7-16. ISSN: 0147-6513.
NAL Call Number: QH545.A1E29
Descriptors: anuran amphibians, environmental stressors, malformations, assessment, potentially responsible, chemical polution, North America.

Battaglin, W., L. Hay, G. McCabe, P. Nanjappa, and A. Gallant (2005). Climate patterns as predictors of amphibian species richness and indicators of potential stress. Alytes Paris 22(3-4): 146-167. ISSN: 0753-4973.
Descriptors: anuran, amphibians, urodela, species richness predictors, climate patterns, climate patterns as predictors of species richness, indicators of potential stress.
Language of Text: English; French.

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.

Crespi, E.J. and R.J. Denver (2005). Roles of stress hormones in food intake regulation in anuran amphibians throughout the life cycle. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A Molecular and Integrative Physiology 141(4): 381-390. ISSN: 1095-6433.
Descriptors: anuran amphibians, toad, stress hormones role, food intake regulation.

Gomez Mestre, I. and M. Tejedo (2003). Local adaptation of an anuran amphibian to osmotically stressful environments. Evolution 57(8): 1889-1899. ISSN: 0014-3820.
Descriptors: amphibian, anuran, osmotically stressful environments, salinity, brackish water, fresh water, adaptations.

Heikkila, J.J. (2004). Regulation and function of small heat shock protein genes during amphibian development. Journal of Cellular Biochemistry 93(4): 672-680. ISSN: 0730-2312.
Abstract: Small heat shock proteins (shsps) are molecular chaperones that are inducible by environmental stress such as elevated temperature or exposure to heavy metals or arsenate. Recent interest in shsps has been propelled by the finding that shsp synthesis or mutations are associated with various human diseases. While much is known about shsps in cultured cells, less is known about their expression and function during early animal development. In amphibian model systems, shsp genes are developmentally regulated under both normal and environmental stress conditions. For example, in Xenopus, the shsp gene family, hsp30, is repressed and not heat-inducible until the late neurula/early tailbud stage whereas other hsps are inducible at the onset of zygotic genome activation at the midblastula stage. Furthermore, these shsp genes are preferentially induced in selected tissues. Recent studies suggest that the developmental regulation of these shsp genes is controlled, in part, at the level of chromatin structure. Some shsps including Xenopus and hsp30 are synthesized constitutively in selected tissues where they may function in the prevention of apoptosis. During environmental stress, amphibian multimeric shsps bind to denatured target protein, inhibittheir aggregation and maintain them in a folding-competent state until reactivated by other cellular chaperones. Phosphorylation of shsps appears to play a major role in the regulation of their function.
Descriptors: Xenopus, Rana, amphibian development, small heat shock protein genes, shsps, regulation, function, environmental stress, elevated temperature.

Homan, R.N., J.V. Regosin, D.M. Rodrigues, J.M. Reed, B.S. Windmiller, and L.M. Romero (2003). Impacts of varying habitat quality on the physiological stress of spotted salamanders (Ambystoma maculatum). Animal Conservation 6(1): 11-18. ISSN: 1367-9430.
NAL Call Number: QH75.A1 A54
Descriptors: spotted salamanders, Ambystoma maculatum, physiological stress, habitat quality, varying, impact.

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.

Hurme, K., K. Gonzalez, M. Halvorsen, B. Foster, D. Moore, and B.D. Chepko Sade (2003). Environmental enrichment for dendrobatid frogs. Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science 6(4): 285-299. ISSN: 1088-8705.
NAL Call Number: HV4701.J68
Descriptors: dendrobatid frogs, environmental enrichment, strategies, evaluation, care in captivity, behavior.

Kaminsky, S.K., T.U. Grafe, M. Spieler, and K.E. Linsenmair (2004). A new method for immobilizing fossorial frogs after radiotransmitter implantation and notes on movement patterns of the pig-nosed frog, Hemisus marmoratus. Herpetological Review 35(2): 146-148. ISSN: 0018-084X.
NAL Call Number: QL640.H47
Descriptors: pig nosed frog, Hemisus marmoratus, restraining techniques, immobilization, radiotransmitter implantation, movement patterns.

Kinkead, K.E., J.D. Lanham, and M.R. Montanucci (2006). Comparison of anesthesia and marking techniques on stress and behavioral responses in two desmognathus salamanders. Journal of Herpetology 40(3): 323-328. ISSN: 0022-1511.
NAL Call Number: QL640.J6
Descriptors: amphibians, salamanders, Desmognathus fuscus, Desmognathus monticola, dusky salamanders, seal salamanders, anesthesia, marking techniques, stress levels, behavioral responses, comparison, toe clipping, pain.

Konno, N., S. Hyodo, K. Matsuda, and M. Uchiyama (2006). Effect of osmotic stress on expression of a putative facilitative urea transporter in the kidney and urinary bladder of the marine toad, Bufo marinus. Journal of Experimental Biology 209(7): 1207-1216. ISSN: 0022-0949.
NAL Call Number: 442.8 B77
Descriptors: amphibians, anuran, marine toad, Bufo marinus, osmotic stress, effect, kidney, urea transporter, urinary bladder.

Moore, I.T. and T.S. Jessop (2003). Stress, reproduction, and adrenocortical modulation in amphibians and reptiles. Hormones and Behavior 43(1): 39-47. ISSN: 0018-506X.
NAL Call Number: QP801.H7H64
Abstract: While the hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenocortical (HPA) response to stress appears to be conserved in vertebrates, the manner in which it is activated and its actions vary. We examine two trends in the stress biology literature that have been addressed in amphibian and reptilian species: (1). variable interactions among stress, corticosterone, and reproduction and (2). adrenocortical modulation. In the first topic we examine context-dependent interactions among stress, corticosterone, and reproduction. An increasing number of studies report positive associations between reproduction and corticosterone that contradict the generalization that stress inhibits reproduction. Moderately elevated levels of stress hormones appear to facilitate reproduction by mobilizing energy stores. In contrast, pronounced activation of the HPA axis and extremely elevated levels of stress hormones appear to inhibit reproduction. Much of these contrasting effects of stress and reproduction can be explained by expanding the Energetics-Hormone Vocalization Model, proposed for anuran calling behavior, to other taxa. In the second topic, a number of amphibians and reptiles modulate their HPA stress response. Adrenocortical modulation can occur at multiple levels and due to a variety of factors. However, we have little information as to the physiological basis for the variability. We suggest that several ecologically based ideas, such as variability in the length of the breeding season and lifetime reproductive opportunities, can be used to explain the utility of adrenocortical modulation in these taxa.
Descriptors: amphibians, reptiles, stress, reproduction, adrenocortical modulation, energy stores.

Neptune, D.E. and R.E. Deneault (2006). Environmental enrichment for amphibians and reptiles: a report on the Reptile Enrichment Workshop held at the 2004 Annual Conference of the Australasian Society of Zoo Keeping (ASZK). Animal Keepers' Forum 33(9): 374-384. ISSN: 0164-9531.
NAL Call Number: QL77.5.A54
Descriptors: amphibians, reptilians, enrichment, workshop, Australasian Society of Zoo Keeping, conference proceedings, care in captivity.

Parris, M.J. and T.O. Cornelius (2004). Fungal pathogen causes competitive and developmental stress in larval amphibian communities. Ecology 85(12): 3385-3395. ISSN: 0012-9658.
Descriptors: Bufo, Hyla, frogs, animal pathogenic fungi, mycoses, animal development, interspecific competition, mortality, Bratrachochytrium dendrobatidis.

Wilms, T., B. Kuegelgen, and T. Schreckenbach (2005). Zur Haltung, Pflege und Vermehrung des Baumhoehlen-Kroetenlaubfrosches, Trachycephalus resinifictrix (Goeldi, 1907) im Reptilium Landau. [The husbandry, care and breeding of the bone-headed tree frog Trachycephalus resinifictrix (Goeldi, 1907) in the Landau reptile house.]. Draco 6(3): 66-72 Nr 23. ISSN: 1439-8168.
Descriptors: bone headed tree frog, Trachycephalus resinifictrix, husbandry, care, breeding, Landau.
Language of Text: German.



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