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Title: Diet of a threatened pond frog differs over a small spatial scale
Contributor(s): Bower, Deborah S  (author); Pickett, Evan J (author); Garnham, James I (author); Deboo, Matthew L (author); McCurry, Matthew R (author); Mengerink, Rianne M (author); Mahony, Michael J (author); Clulow, John (author)
Publication Date: 2014
Early Online Version: 2014-01-28
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.3354/esr00559Open Access Link
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Abstract: Suitability of habitat patches affects demographic processes and consequently influences the viability of populations. In order for managers to consider the potential of resources on a scale appropriate to their use, it is important to understand the processes that influence the ecology of threatened species. Differential growth rates of Litoria aurea (green and golden bell frog) at Sydney Olympic Park, Australia, may be explained by prey availability and diet. We tested: (1) whether food availability differed among precincts at Sydney Olympic Park and (2) whether the diet of L. aurea was influenced by availability of invertebrate prey. Diets were distinct among precincts and reflected the variation in biomass and richness of invertebrate assemblages. Precincts with greater biomass corresponded to areas with faster individual growth rates and greater habitat structure. The differences in diet and individual growth rates of L. aurea among precincts at Sydney Olympic Park demonstrate how caution must be applied to generalising population function, even within a small area.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Grant Details: ARC/LP0989459
Source of Publication: Endangered Species Research, 23(1), p. 93-98
Publisher: Inter-Research
Place of Publication: Germany
ISSN: 1613-4796
Field of Research (FOR): 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 960807 Fresh, Ground and Surface Water Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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School of Environmental and Rural Science

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