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Clutch sizes and nests of tailed frogs from the Olympic Peninsula, Washington

Northwest Science

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Abstract

In the summers 1995-1998, we sampled 168 streams (1,714 in of randomly selected 1-m bands) to determine distribution and abundance of stream amphibians in Olympic National Park, Washington. We found six nests (two in one stream) of the tailed frog, compared to only two nests with clutch sizes reported earlier for coastal regions. This represents only one nest per 286 in searched and one nest per 34 streams sampled. Tailed frogs occurred only in 94 (60%) of the streams and, for these waters, we found one nest per 171 in searched or one nest per 20 streams sampled. The numbers of eggs for four masses ((x) over bar = 48.3, range 40-55) were low but one single strand in a fifth nest had 96 eggs. One nest with 185 eggs likely represented communal egg deposition. Current evidence indicates a geographic trend with yearly clutches of relatively few eggs in coastal tailed frogs compared to biennial nesting with larger clutches for inland populations in the Rocky Mountains.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Clutch sizes and nests of tailed frogs from the Olympic Peninsula, Washington
Series title:
Northwest Science
Volume
75
Issue:
4
Year Published:
2001
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center
Description:
p. 419-422
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
First page:
419
Last page:
422
Number of Pages:
4