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1 June 2011 Possible Behavioral Avoidance of UV-B Radiation and Sunlight in Wood Frog (Lithobates sylvaticus) Tadpoles
Jared C. Connolly, Britni L. Kress, Geoffrey R. Smith, Jessica E. Rettig
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Abstract

Little is known of the ability of amphibian larvae to behaviorally avoid exposure to UV radiation. We examined whether wood frog (Lithobates sylvaticus) tadpoles avoid UV-B radiation and, more generally, sunlight. We found that wood frog tadpoles were located more often under a UV-B blocking filter (only after 60 min) or under shade than would be expected if their behavior was random. Our observations suggest that wood frog tadpoles may minimize exposure to UV-B, either by directly avoiding UV-B or coincidentally by choosing shade.

© 2011 by The Herpetological Society of Japan
Jared C. Connolly, Britni L. Kress, Geoffrey R. Smith, and Jessica E. Rettig "Possible Behavioral Avoidance of UV-B Radiation and Sunlight in Wood Frog (Lithobates sylvaticus) Tadpoles," Current Herpetology 30(1), 1-5, (1 June 2011). https://doi.org/10.3105/018.030.0101
Accepted: 1 May 2011; Published: 1 June 2011
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