Rana onca (Relict Leopard Frog). Diet and Mortality
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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
Rana onca refugium; Relict leopard frog; Rana onca diety and mortality
Animal Sciences | Life Sciences
Jaeger, J. R.,
Bean, P. R.
Rana onca (Relict Leopard Frog). Diet and Mortality.
Herpetological Review, 51(2),