oa African Zoology - Vocalizations and breeding behaviour of Ptychadena taenioscelis (Anura: Ranidae)

Volume 11, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1562-7020
  • E-ISSN: 2224-073X



Four distinct types of call are produced by male Ptychadena taenioscelis Laurent in braeeling aggregations. The most common of these is the mating call. A male/male interaction or 'chorus call' is also produced reguIarly and its production is dependent on the presence of two or more individuals. A call with a territorial function and the release calls uttered by amplectant males are also descriptionbed. The responses of calling males to the arrival of females and further males are discussed. Mention is made of the ovipositional behaviour of this species.

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