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Acta zoológica mexicana

versión On-line ISSN 2448-8445versión impresa ISSN 0065-1737

Acta Zool. Mex vol.34  Xalapa  2018

http://dx.doi.org/10.21829/azm.2018.3411189 

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Heterospecific amplexus between Triprion petasatus (Anura: Hylidae) and Incilius valliceps (Anura: Bufonidae) from Yucatán, Mexico

Amplexo heteroespecífico entre Triprion petasatus (Anura: Hylidae) e Incilius valliceps (Anura: Bufonidae) en Yucatán, México

Rubén Alonso Carbajal-Márquez1  3  * 

Tania Ramírez-Valverde1 

Gustavo Ernesto Quintero-Díaz2  3 

Christian M. García-Balderas1 

J. Rogelio Cedeño-Vázquez1 

1 Departamento de Sistemática y Ecología Acuática. El Colegio de la Frontera Sur. Unidad Chetumal, Av. Centenario Km 5.5, 77014, Chetumal, Quintana Roo, México. <trvalverde@gmail.com>, <chrisgarbal@gmail.com>, <rcedenov@ecosur.mx>

2 Universidad Autónoma de Aguascalientes, Centro de Ciencias Básicas, Departamento de Biología. C. P. 20131, Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes, México. <gequintmxags@hotmail.com>

3 Conservación de la Biodiversidad del Centro de México, A. C. Andador Torre de Marfil No. 100, C. P. 20229, Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes, México.

Abstract:

The heterospecific amplex between Triprion petasatus and Incilius valliceps is documented for the first time in the locality of Piste, Yucatan Mexico. This behavior has been documented previously in other amphibians, many of them also explosive reproducers that take advantage of temporary bodies of water, in places with a marked dry season.

Resumen:

Se documenta por primera vez el amplexo heteroespecífico entre Triprion petasatus e Incilius valliceps en la localidad de Pisté, Yucatán México. Este comportamiento ha sido documentado con anterioridad en otros anfibios, muchos de ellos también reproductores explosivos que aprovechan los cuerpos de agua temporales, en sitios con una marcada estación de secas.

The Yucatán casque-headed tree frog Triprion petasatus (Cope, 1856) is widely distributed in the Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico, Belize, and throughout El Petén, Guatemala, although its occurrence in Honduras has recently been called into question (Lee, 1996; McCranie, 2015; Frost, 2017). The Southern Gulf Coast toad Incilius valliceps (Wiegmann, 1833) ranges from central Veracruz, Mexico to northern Costa Rica on the Atlantic versant, and from the Isthmus of Tehuantepec to south-central Guatemala on the Pacific slope, with an isolated record for El Salvador (Oliver-López et al., 2009; Frost, 2017). Amplexus occurring between amphibians of different orders (Höbel, 2005a; Simović et al., 2014), families (Sodré et al., 2014; Clause et al., 2015; Bell & Scheinberg, 2016; Reilly et al., 2016), genera (Streicher et al., 2010; Kindermann, 2015; Marchant et al., 2015; Loc-Barragán et al., 2016), and species (Höbel, 2005b; Ceron & Zocche, 2016; Schalk, 2016) that overlap spatially and temporally has been documented previously, even if one of those involved is dead (Waterstrat et al., 2008; Müller, 2016), or both are males (Costa-Campos et al., 2016).

We found an axillary amplexus between a male T. petasatus and a male I. valliceps on 13 June 2015, at Pisté, Yucatán, Mexico (20.682085° N, -88.600571° W; WGS84; elev. 30 m; Fig. 1). Our observation occurred at 20:34 h at a temporary pond surrounded by secondary vegetation and dry forest. Only one other species of anuran, Smilisca baudinii (Duméril & Bibron, 1841), was observed to be active in the area. During courtship, the males normally call to attract conspecific females, and differences in vocalization frequencies help to reduce interspecific mating (Wells, 2007). Triprion petasatus and I. valliceps emit a very different vocalization: 2100 – 2300 Hertz (pulse frequency of 75 – 90 seconds, and duration of 350 milliseconds) and 1800 – 2000 Hertz (pulse frequency 40 – 50 seconds, 2 – 5 seconds duration), respectively (Lee, 1996). At the same time, T. petasatus males average 55 mm in snout-vent length (SVL) and females average 70 mm in SVL, whereas male I. valliceps average 73 mm in SVL and females average 88 mm in SVL (Lee, 1996). Therefore, the similarity in body size between T. petasatus females and male I. valliceps could have contributed to the lack of specific discrimination (Yu & Lu, 2013).

In areas with a marked dry season, like the northern Yucatán Peninsula (Torrescano-Valle & Folan, 2015), explosive reproductive events are commonplace where T. petasatus and I. valliceps congregate in temporary ponds to mate and oviposit, as we observed the night of the discovery, with several tens of individuals of both species congregated, and S. baudinii in lower numbers. Therefore, heterospecific and multiple amplexus, even between males, seems to be common among explosive breeders, due to the high number of individuals and an often male-biased sex ratio at the same site (Wogel et al., 2005), the short time for breeding (Hobel, 2005b), confusion of chemical signals (Mollov et al., 2010), and low selectivity toward females (Machado & Bernarde, 2011). To our knowledge, this is the first observation documenting this behavior between individuals of T. petasatus and I. valliceps, two common anuran species found in sympatry, and suggests that neither differences in morphology and vocalization help to completely prevent heterospecific amplexus.

Acknowledgments

We thank Steven G. Platt and two anonymous reviewers for his revision and valuable comments to improve an early version of the manuscript.

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1Editor responsable: Gustavo Aguirre

Received: July 04, 2017; Accepted: December 08, 2017

* Corresponding author: Rubén Alonso Carbajal-Márquez, e-mail: <redman031@hotmail.com>.

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