A1 Journal article (refereed)
From habitat use to social behavior : natural history of a voiceless poison frog, Dendrobates tinctorius (2019)

Rojas, B., & Pašukonis, A. (2019). From habitat use to social behavior : natural history of a voiceless poison frog, Dendrobates tinctorius. PeerJ, 7, Article e7648. https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.7648

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Rojas, Bibiana​; Pašukonis, Andrius

Journal or series: PeerJ

eISSN: 2167-8359

Publication year: 2019

Volume: 7

Article number: e7648

Publisher: PeerJ, Ltd.

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.7648

Research data link: https://doi.org/10.17011/jyx/dataset/65265

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Open Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/65581


Descriptive studies of natural history have always been a source of knowledge on which experimental work and scientific progress rely. Poison frogs are a well-studied group of small Neotropical frogs with diverse parental behaviors, distinct calls, and bright colors that warn predators about their toxicity; and a showcase of advances in fundamental biology through natural history observations. The dyeing poison frog, Dendrobates tinctorius, is emblematic of the Guianas region, widespread in the pet trade, and increasingly popular in research. This species shows several unusual behaviors, such as the lack of advertisement calls and the aggregation around tree-fall gaps, which remain poorly described and understood. Here, we summarize our observations from a natural population of D. tinctorius in French Guiana collected over various field trips between 2009 and 2017; our aim is to provide groundwork for future fundamental and applied research spanning parental care, animal dispersal, disease spread, habitat use in relation to color patterns, and intra-specific communication, to name a few. We report sex differences in habitat use and the striking invasion of tree-fall gaps; describe their courtship and aggressive behaviors; document egg development and tadpole transport; and discuss how the knowledge generated by this study could set the grounds for further research on the behavior, ecology, and conservation of this species.

Keywords: animal behaviour; reproductive behaviour; habitat; frogs

Free keywords: agonistic behavior; courtship; parental care; habitat use; treefall; tadpole transport; Amazon

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Reporting Year: 2019

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