The effect of rainfall on interclutch interval in painted reed frogs (Hyperolius marmoratus)

Telford, Steven R. and Dyson, Miranda L. (1990). The effect of rainfall on interclutch interval in painted reed frogs (Hyperolius marmoratus). Copeia, 1990(3) pp. 644–648.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.2307/1446429

URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1446429

Abstract

Body size, frequency of mating, clutch size, hatching success, and interval between successive matings were determined during 1982 and 1983 for a population of painted reed frogs, Hyperolius marmoratus, in southern Africa. Females mated once or twice during a single breeding season, which lasted 4 mo. Larger females produced larger egg clutches and had a greater probability of breeding twice. Absolute clutch size varied considerably, though hatching success was uniformly high and not related to the body sizes of mated pairs or the ability to produce more than one clutch. The interval between successive matings, 15-105 d, was dependent on the amount of rain prior to oviposition. Apparently females have some control over time of mating and oviposition in relation to rainfall patterns.

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