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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732034/neglecting-the-call-of-the-wild-captive-frogs-like-the-sound-of-their-own-voice
#1
Luiza Figueiredo Passos, Gerardo Garcia, Robert John Young
Acoustic communication is highly influential in the expression of social behavior by anuran amphibians, transmitting information about the individual's physical condition and motivation. We studied the phonotactic (approach movements) responses of wild and captive male golden mantella frogs to conspecific wild and captive playback calls to determine the impact of captivity on social behaviour mediated by vocalisations. Calls were recorded from one wild and two captive populations. Phonotaxis experiments were then conducted by attracting M...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729558/early-life-disruption-of-amphibian-microbiota-decreases-later-life-resistance-to-parasites
#2
Sarah A Knutie, Christina L Wilkinson, Kevin D Kohl, Jason R Rohr
Changes in the early-life microbiota of hosts might affect infectious disease risk throughout life, if such disruptions during formative times alter immune system development. Here, we test whether an early-life disruption of host-associated microbiota affects later-life resistance to infections by manipulating the microbiota of tadpoles and challenging them with parasitic gut worms as adults. We find that tadpole bacterial diversity is negatively correlated with parasite establishment in adult frogs: adult frogs that had reduced bacterial diversity as tadpoles have three times more worms than adults without their microbiota manipulated as tadpoles...
July 20, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729557/antifungal-treatment-of-wild-amphibian-populations-caused-a-transient-reduction-in-the-prevalence-of-the-fungal-pathogen-batrachochytrium-dendrobatidis
#3
Corina C Geiger, Cindy Bregnard, Elodie Maluenda, Maarten J Voordouw, Benedikt R Schmidt
Emerging infectious diseases can drive host populations to extinction and are a major driver of biodiversity loss. Controlling diseases and mitigating their impacts is therefore a priority for conservation science and practice. Chytridiomycosis is a devastating disease of amphibians that is caused by the fungal pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), and for which there is an urgent need to develop mitigation methods. We treated tadpoles of the common midwife toad (Alytes obstetricans) with antifungal agents using a capture-treat-release approach in the field...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729454/multimodal-regulation-of-cardiac-myocyte-proliferation
#4
REVIEW
Xuejun Yuan, Thomas Braun
Efficient cardiac regeneration is closely associated with the ability of cardiac myocytes to proliferate. Fetal or neonatal mouse hearts containing proliferating cardiac myocytes regenerate even extensive injuries, whereas adult hearts containing mostly post-mitotic cardiac myocytes have lost this ability. The same correlation is seen in some homoiotherm species such as teleost fish and urodelian amphibians leading to the hypothesis that cardiac myocyte proliferation is a major driver of heart regeneration...
July 21, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729344/exogenous-stress-hormones-alter-energetic-and-nutrient-costs-of-development-and-metamorphosis
#5
Lucas J Kirschman, Marshall D McCue, Justin G Boyles, Robin W Warne
Variation in environmental conditions during larval life stages can shape development during critical windows and have lasting effects on the adult organism. Changes in larval developmental rates in response to environmental conditions, for example, can trade-off with growth to determine body size and condition at metamorphosis, which can affect adult survival and fecundity. However, it is unclear how use of energy and nutrients shape trade-offs across life stage transitions because no studies have quantified these costs of larval development and metamorphosis...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725944/skin-bacterial-community-reorganization-following-metamorphosis-of-the-fire-bellied-toad-bombina-orientalis
#6
Arnaud Bataille, Larisa Lee-Cruz, Binu Tripathi, Bruce Waldman
In organisms with complex life histories, dramatic changes in microbial community structure may occur with host development and immune system maturation. Amphibian host susceptibility to diseases such as chytridiomycosis may be affected by the reorganization of skin microbial community structure that occurs during metamorphosis. We tracked changes in the bacterial communities inhabiting skin of Korean fire-bellied toads (Bombina orientalis) that we infected as tadpoles with different strains of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), the pathogenic fungus that causes chytridiomycosis...
July 19, 2017: Microbial Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725553/behavioral-physiological-and-morphological-correlates-of-parasite-intensity-in-the-wild-cururu-toad-rhinella-icterica
#7
Eduardo Hermógenes Moretti, Braz Titon, Carla Bonetti Madelaire, Raquel de Arruda, Tatiana Alvarez, Fernando Ribeiro Gomes
Large numbers of parasites are found in various organs of anuran amphibians, with parasite intensities thought to modulate the host's Darwinian fitness traits. Interaction between the anuran hosts and their multiple parasites should modulate the host's phenotypic characteristic, such as those associated with high energetic demand (such as calling effort and locomotor performance), energy balance (standard metabolic rate), and morphological plasticity (as indicated by organ masses). The present study investigated the impact of parasite intensities on the behavioral, physiological, and morphological traits of wild adult male Rhinella icterica (Anura: Bufonidae)...
December 2017: International Journal for Parasitology. Parasites and Wildlife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725376/moving-south-effects-of-water-temperatures-on-the-larval-development-of-invasive-cane-toads-rhinella-marina-in-cool-temperate-australia
#8
Uditha Wijethunga, Matthew Greenlees, Richard Shine
The distributional limits of many ectothermic species are set by thermal tolerances of early-developmental stages in the life history; embryos and larvae often are less able to buffer environmental variation than are conspecific adults. In pond-breeding amphibians, for example, cold water may constrain viability of eggs and larvae, even if adults can find suitable thermal conditions in terrestrial niches. Invasive species provide robust model systems for exploring these questions, because we can quantify thermal challenges at the expanding range edge (from field surveys) and larval responses to thermal conditions (in the laboratory)...
October 2016: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724702/stereopsis-in-animals-evolution-function-and-mechanisms
#9
REVIEW
Vivek Nityananda, Jenny C A Read
Stereopsis is the computation of depth information from views acquired simultaneously from different points in space. For many years, stereopsis was thought to be confined to primates and other mammals with front-facing eyes. However, stereopsis has now been demonstrated in many other animals, including lateral-eyed prey mammals, birds, amphibians and invertebrates. The diversity of animals known to have stereo vision allows us to begin to investigate ideas about its evolution and the underlying selective pressures in different animals...
July 15, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719647/morbidity-outcomes-and-cost-benefit-analysis-of-wildlife-rehabilitation-in-catalonia-spain
#10
Rafael Angel Molina-López, Santi Mañosa, Alex Torres-Riera, Manel Pomarol, Laila Darwich
BACKGROUND: There are few studies of careful examination of wildlife casualties in Wildlife Rehabilitation Centers. These studies are essential for detecting menaces to wild species and providing objective criteria about cost-benefit of treatments in those centers. The release rate is considered the main outcome indicator, but other parameters such as length of stay at the center and a cost-benefit index expressed as number of released animals per euro and day, could be used as reliable estimators of the rehabilitation costs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717595/egg-clutch-dehydration-induces-early-hatching-in-red-eyed-treefrogs-agalychnis-callidryas
#11
María José Salica, James R Vonesh, Karen M Warkentin
Terrestrial eggs have evolved repeatedly in tropical anurans exposing embryos to the new threat of dehydration. Red-eyed treefrogs, Agalychnis callidryas, lay eggs on plants over water. Maternally provided water allows shaded eggs in humid sites to develop to hatching without rainfall, but unshaded eggs and those in less humid sites can die from dehydration. Hatching responses of amphibian eggs to dry conditions are known from two lineages with independent origins of terrestrial eggs. Here, we experimentally tested for dehydration-induced early hatching in another lineage (Agalychnis callidryas, Phyllomedusidae), representing a third independent origin of terrestrial eggs...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716741/inferring-the-shallow-phylogeny-of-true-salamanders-salamandra-by-multiple-phylogenomic-approaches
#12
Ariel Rodríguez, James D Burgon, Mariana Lyra, Iker Irisarri, Denis Baurain, Leon Blaustein, Bayram Göcmen, Sven Künzel, Barbara Mable, Arne W Nolte, Michael Veith, Sebastian Steinfartz, Kathryn R Elmer, Hervé Philippe, Miguel Vences
The rise of high-throughput sequencing techniques provides the unprecedented opportunity to analyse controversial phylogenetic relationships in great depth, but also introduce the risk of being misinterpreted by high node support values influenced by unevenly distributed missing data or unrealistic model assumptions. Here, we use three largely independent phylogenomic data sets to reconstruct the controversial phylogeny of true salamanders of the genus Salamandra. a group of amphibians providing an intriguing model to study the evolution of aposematism and viviparity...
July 14, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716386/comparing-the-rankings-obtained-from-two-biodiversity-indices-the-fair-proportion-index-and-the-shapley-value
#13
Kristina Wicke, Mareike Fischer
The Shapley Value and the Fair Proportion Index of phylogenetic trees have been frequently discussed as prioritization tools in conservation biology. Both indices rank species according to their contribution to total phylogenetic diversity, allowing for a simple conservation criterion. While both indices have their specific advantages and drawbacks, it has recently been shown that both values are closely related. However, as different authors use different definitions of the Shapley Value, the specific degree of relatedness depends on the specific version of the Shapley Value - it ranges from a high correlation index to equality of the indices...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713651/amphibian-population-genetics-in-agricultural-landscapes-does-viniculture-drive-the-population-structuring-of-the-european-common-frog-rana-temporaria
#14
Patrick P Lenhardt, Carsten A Brühl, Christoph Leeb, Kathrin Theissinger
Amphibian populations have been declining globally over the past decades. The intensification of agriculture, habitat loss, fragmentation of populations and toxic substances in the environment are considered as driving factors for this decline. Today, about 50% of the area of Germany is used for agriculture and is inhabited by a diverse variety of 20 amphibian species. Of these, 19 are exhibiting declining populations. Due to the protection status of native amphibian species, it is important to evaluate the effect of land use and associated stressors (such as road mortality and pesticide toxicity) on the genetic population structure of amphibians in agricultural landscapes...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712471/early-pliocene-anuran-fossils-from-kanapoi-kenya-and-the-first-fossil%C3%A2-record-for-the-african-burrowing-frog-hemisus-neobatrachia-hemisotidae
#15
Massimo Delfino
Isolated amphibian bones from the early Pliocene of Kanapoi (West Turkana, Kenya) help to improve the scarce fossil record of the late Neogene and Quaternary amphibians from East Africa. All currently available 579 bones are referable exclusively to the Anura (frogs and toads). More than half of the remains (366) are identified as Hemisus cf. Hemisus marmoratus, an extant species that still inhabits Kenya, but apparently not the northwest of the country and the Turkana area in particular. The rest of the remains are identified simply as Anura indet...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Human Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712146/a-reversal-of-the-shift-towards-earlier-spring-phenology-in-several-mediterranean-reptiles-and-amphibians-during-the-1998-2013-warming-slowdown
#16
Roger Prodon, Philippe Geniez, Marc Cheylan, Florence Devers, Isabelle Chuine, Aurelien Besnard
Herps, especially amphibians, are particularly susceptible to climate change, since temperature tightly controls many parameters of their biological cycle - above all, their phenology. The timing of herps' activity or migration period - in particular the dates of their first appearance in spring and first breeding - and the shift to earlier dates in response to warming since the last quarter of the 20(th) century has often been described up to now as a nearly monotonic trend towards earlier phenological events...
July 16, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708941/regulation-of-the-insulin-akt-signaling-pathway-and-glycolysis-during-dehydration-stress-in-the-african-clawed-frog-xenopus-laevis
#17
Cheng-Wei Wu, Shannon N Tessier, Kenneth B Storey
Estivation is an adaptive stress response utilized by some amphibians during periods of drought in the summer season. In this study, we examine the regulation of the insulin signaling cascade and glycolysis pathway in the African clawed frog Xenopus laevis during dehydration stress induced state of estivation. We show that in the brain and heart of X. laevis, dehydration reduces the phosphorylation of the insulin growth factor-1 receptor (IGF-1R), and this is followed by similar reductions in the phosphorylation of the Akt and mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR) kinase...
July 14, 2017: Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Biochimie et Biologie Cellulaire
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707112/disease-associated-change-in-an-amphibian-life-history-trait
#18
Benjamin C Scheele, Lee F Skerratt, David A Hunter, Sam C Banks, Jennifer C Pierson, Don A Driscoll, Philip G Byrne, Lee Berger
Emerging pathogens can drive evolutionary shifts in host life-history traits, yet this process remains poorly documented in vertebrate hosts. Amphibian chytridiomycosis, caused by infection with the fungal pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), is the worst recorded wildlife disease and has caused the extinction of over 100 species across multiple continents. A similar number of additional species have experienced mass declines and Bd remains a major source of mortality in many populations of declined species now persisting with the pathogen...
July 14, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704480/host-niche-may-determine-disease-driven-extinction-risk
#19
Mark Blooi, Alexandra E Laking, An Martel, Freddy Haesebrouck, Merlijn Jocque, Tom Brown, Stephen Green, Miguel Vences, Molly C Bletz, Frank Pasmans
The fungal pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) drives declines and extinctions in amphibian communities. However, not all regions and species are equally affected. Here, we show that association with amphibian aquatic habitat types (bromeliad phytotelmata versus stream) across Central America results in the odds of being threatened by Bd being five times higher in stream microhabitats. This differential threat of Bd was supported in our study by a significantly lower prevalence of Bd in bromeliad-associated amphibian species compared to riparian species in Honduran cloud forests...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699512/a-review-of-the-mechanism-of-action-of-amphibian-antimicrobial-peptides-focusing-on-peptide-membrane-interaction-and-membrane-curvature
#20
T V Vineethkumar, Sanil George
Research interests on amphibian antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are currently increasing because of their capability to combat microorganisms from both terrestrial and aquatic environments, which are the warehouses of human pathogens. The most remarkable feature of AMPs are their mechanism of action, primarily targeted to anionic membranes. Researchers have postulated many models to describe peptide- membrane interaction, which leads to membrane permeation/intracellular targeting. Despite these models information regarding the relationship between membrane curvature and peptide-membrane interaction is scarce...
July 10, 2017: Current Protein & Peptide Science
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