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Breeding pool characteristics and reproduction in an island population of natterjack toads, Bufo calamita Laur., at the Swedish west coast

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A group of isolated populations of the natterjack toad, Bufo calamita Laur., occur on small and rocky islands in the outer archipelago at the Swedish west coast. Breeding pool characteristics were studied in one of these populations. Egg strings were deposited in 31 of 95 possible rock pools from mid May to mid August. Significant correlations were found between breeding and 1) pool size, 2) pool water depth, 3) shore line inclination, 4) height of pool above sea level, and 5) distance to nearest sea shore line. The breeding pool selected may be a compromise between highest possible water temperature and the risk that a shallow pool dries up before metamorphoses.

Affiliations: 1: University of Göteborg, Department of Zoology, Box 250 59, S-400 31 Göteborg, Sweden


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