Female and male behavioral response to advertisement calls of graded complexity in túngara frogs, Physalaemus pustulosus

@article{Bernal2009FemaleAM,
  title={Female and male behavioral response to advertisement calls of graded complexity in t{\'u}ngara frogs, Physalaemus pustulosus},
  author={Ximena E Bernal and Karin L. Akre and Alexander T. Baugh and A. Stanley Rand and M. J. Ryan},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  year={2009},
  volume={63},
  pages={1269-1279}
}
We investigated the natural dynamics in a sexual signal that combines different call components and explored the role of call complexity in sexual selection using a neotropical frog. Male túngara frogs, Physalaemus pustulosus, facultatively add up to seven short, multi-harmonic components (chucks) to the simple form of their calls (whines). Female túngara frogs are preferentially attracted to whines with chucks over whines without chucks, and males also call more in response to calls containing… CONTINUE READING
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