Parasites lost? An overlooked hypothesis for the evolution of alternative reproductive strategies in amphibians.

  title={Parasites lost? An overlooked hypothesis for the evolution of alternative reproductive strategies in amphibians.},
  author={Brian D. Todd},
  journal={The American naturalist},
  volume={170 5},
Amphibians exhibit the greatest diversity of reproductive strategies of all tetrapod vertebrates. While authors have traditionally attributed the evolution of these strategies to factors such as complex topography, unpredictable larval environments, and predation on larvae and eggs, support for any of these hypotheses has been limited. Importantly, most authors have ignored parasites, including unicellular pathogens and multicellular parasites, as selective agents capable of influencing… CONTINUE READING
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