Calling by male midwife toads stimulates females to maintain reproductive condition

@article{Lea2001CallingBM,
  title={Calling by male midwife toads stimulates females to maintain reproductive condition},
  author={Jeremy David Lea and Miranda L. Dyson and Tim Halliday},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={2001},
  volume={61},
  pages={373-377}
}
We investigated the effect of the calls of male Mallorcan midwife toads, Alytes muletensis, on the reproductive condition of females. We used three groups of gravid laboratory-reared females. One group was kept in silence, one group was played heterospecific male calls and one group was played conspecific male calls. Only the females that heard conspecific male calls continued to ripen and mature their eggs while females in the other two groups reabsorbed resources from their eggs. We conclude… CONTINUE READING

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