New paper on the acoustic niche hypothesis and coquí frogs

Yesterday my new paper got published in PeerJ:

Villanueva-Rivera LJ. (2014Eleutherodactylus frogs show frequency but no temporal partitioning: implications for the acoustic niche hypothesisPeerJ 2:e496
http://dx.doi.org/10.7717/peerj.496

Although a good part of it was a chapter of my MS thesis, I recently added a new analysis. To summarize, I tested the community of Eleutherodactylus frogs from Puerto Rico, locally known as coquíes, for temporal and acoustic frequency partitioning. The species exhibited frequency partitioning with a few exceptions, for example the more variable “quí” note of E. coqui and E. portoricensis. Most species called at the same time, with a peak during the first few hours of the night.

I make the argument that this is a good community in which to further study the acoustic niche hypothesis in anurans. Many studies of the hypothesis in anurans has been in communities with mixed groups, different families and different reproductive strategies. Since all but one of the mountain anurans in Puerto Rico are Eleuths, this closely-related group can be a good target since most observations will be a direct result of evolutionary history and habitat partitioning.

The paper is open access, published in PeerJ, and the data and tables used in the paper are archived at Figshare: 10.6084/m9.figshare.806302.

Open science, open data.

 

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