One aspect of communication not normally considered in studies of anuran amphibians involves the extent to which acoustic signals indicate the quality of parental care a male provides. My research examined this question in the golden rocket frog (Anomaloglossus beebei), a Neotropical dendrobatid that exhibits acoustically mediated mate choice and biparental care. I investigated the function of the male advertisement call of A. beebei in the context of female mate choice by testing the predictions of four hypotheses that have been proposed to explain the relationship between mate signals and male parental care quality. In addition, I conducted a series of studies on acoustic variability, female preferences for advertisement call traits and the importance of male parental care on offspring survival.
University of Minnesota Ph.D. dissertation. August 2012. Major: Ecology, Evolution and Behavior. 1 computer file (PDF); xii, 161 pages. Advisor: Dr. Mark Bee.
Pettitt, Beth Ann.
Paternal effort in relation to acoustically mediated mate choice in a Neotropical frog.
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