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Spring migration distances of some Central European amphibian species

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Migration distances of eight species of amphibians were studied at 14 sites in the Czech Republic in the course of the 2007 spring migration season. Drift fences with pit-fall traps were installed at varying distances from the reproduction pond. No substitute breeding ponds were available nearby. 4423 m of drift fence was installed and data from a total of 4823 specimens were collected. The estimate 95th percentile migration distances for the newts Lissotriton vulgaris, Mesotriton alpestris and Triturus cristatus were between 105-866 m, and for the frogs Bombina bombina, Bufo bufo, Rana arvalis and R. temporaria estimates were between 170-2214 m. No adult individuals of R. ridibunda were caught out of water. With two exceptions in B. bufo there were no significant among-site differences in migration distances between L. vulgaris, T. cristatus and B. bufo. There were no significant between-sex differences in migration distances of L. vulgaris, M. alpestris, T. cristatus, B. bufo and R. arvalis. Thanks to a great number of various sites processed simultaneously and by the same methodology, presented data provide information on the overall distribution of migration distances in different habitats. The results could be used for the estimation of the extent of the influence on amphibian populations in cases of transection or other habitat degradation in the vicinity of their reproduction ponds.

Affiliations: 1: VIA service Ltd., Dedinska 29, 161 01 Prague 6, Czech Republic;, Email: via.service@seznam.cz; 2: Institute of Computer Science of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Pod vodarenskou vezi 2, 182 07 Prague 8, Czech Republic;, Email: mbrabec@cs.cas.cz; 3: Road and Motorway Directorate of the Czech Republic, Cercanska 12, 145 05 Prague 4, Czech Republic;, Email: radomir.bocek@rsd.cz

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