Title

Rana onca (Relict Leopard Frog). Diet and Mortality

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-1-2020

Publication Title

Herpetological Review

Volume

51

Issue

2

First page number:

302

Last page number:

303

Abstract

Rana onca was once presumed extinct, although populations of this species persisted (Jaeger et al. 2001. Copeia 2001:339–354). Since the early 2000s, a multi-agency conservation effort to supplement native populations and establish new populations has been undertaken (Fed. Reg. 81:69434–69437). Following the release of juvenile R. onca into a newly created refugium habitat, several of them were observed consuming Apis mellifera scutellata (Africanized Bee). One individual R. onca was killed while attempting to consume an A. m. scutellata. Although anuran diets often include prey of the order Hymenoptera (Whitaker 1961. Herpetologica 17:173–179), this is the first report of juvenile R. onca preying upon, and in one case being killed by, A. m. scutellata

Keywords

Rana onca refugium; Relict leopard frog; Rana onca diety and mortality

Disciplines

Animal Sciences | Life Sciences

Language

English


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