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Preoptic Activation of Frog Mating Behavior

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The effects of preoptic lesions on mating calling and mate orientation were studied in Rana pipiens and several species of tree frogs (Hylidae). Mating calling was evoked by electrical stimulation of the preoptic area of Rana pipiens and Bufo americanus. A new chronic electrode holder is described. It is concluded that the region of the dorsal magnocellular preoptic nucleus is needed for mate orientation and that the region of the ventral magnocellular preoptic nucleus is needed for mating calling. It is suggested that these preoptic regions may act mainly as activators of more posterior "centers". Mating calling may have evolved through the origin of connections between pre-existing preoptic activators and a pre-existing release calling "center", rather than through the origin of a new mating calling "center".

Affiliations: 1: Institute for the Study of Mind, Drugs, and Behavior; Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine; Hines, I11., U.S.A.

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