Strong site fidelity and a variety of imaging techniques reveal around-the-clock and extended activity patterns in crawfish frogs (Lithobates areolatus)

Andrew S. Hoffman, Jennifer L. Heemeyer, Perry J. Williams, Joseph R. Robb, Daryl R. Karns, Vanessa C. Kinney, Nathan J. Engbrecht, Michael Lannoo

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

19 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Crawfish frogs (Lithobates areolatus) base their nonbreeding activities in and around the entrances of crayfish burrows. This site preference allows individual crawfish frogs to be monitored using still and video imaging techniques. We used three camera types offering different continuities, scales, and resolutions of data to observe the frogs' activity patterns and nonbreeding behaviors. Together, these techniques allowed us to observe two behaviors in crawfish frogs previously unreported for amphibians: (1) circumdiel activity patterns, and (2) long periods (days) of surface activity. Although these behavioral findings are at this time specific to crawfish frogs, we suspect that they may not be unusual activity patterns for other frogs, as well. The use of imaging techniques that take advantage of these frogs' dependence on burrows and use of burrow entrances has allowed us to observe these patterns for the first time.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)829-834
Number of pages6
JournalBioScience
Volume60
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2010

Fingerprint

Lithobates
philopatry
crayfish
Anura
frogs
image analysis
burrows
methodology
Astacoidea
Amphibians
cameras
amphibians

Keywords

  • activity patterns
  • circumdiel
  • crawfish frogs
  • Lithobates areolatus
  • video imaging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

Cite this

Strong site fidelity and a variety of imaging techniques reveal around-the-clock and extended activity patterns in crawfish frogs (Lithobates areolatus). / Hoffman, Andrew S.; Heemeyer, Jennifer L.; Williams, Perry J.; Robb, Joseph R.; Karns, Daryl R.; Kinney, Vanessa C.; Engbrecht, Nathan J.; Lannoo, Michael.

In: BioScience, Vol. 60, No. 10, 11.2010, p. 829-834.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Hoffman, Andrew S. ; Heemeyer, Jennifer L. ; Williams, Perry J. ; Robb, Joseph R. ; Karns, Daryl R. ; Kinney, Vanessa C. ; Engbrecht, Nathan J. ; Lannoo, Michael. / Strong site fidelity and a variety of imaging techniques reveal around-the-clock and extended activity patterns in crawfish frogs (Lithobates areolatus). In: BioScience. 2010 ; Vol. 60, No. 10. pp. 829-834.
@article{889ce6b24526433e84e95668909c8016,
title = "Strong site fidelity and a variety of imaging techniques reveal around-the-clock and extended activity patterns in crawfish frogs (Lithobates areolatus)",
abstract = "Crawfish frogs (Lithobates areolatus) base their nonbreeding activities in and around the entrances of crayfish burrows. This site preference allows individual crawfish frogs to be monitored using still and video imaging techniques. We used three camera types offering different continuities, scales, and resolutions of data to observe the frogs' activity patterns and nonbreeding behaviors. Together, these techniques allowed us to observe two behaviors in crawfish frogs previously unreported for amphibians: (1) circumdiel activity patterns, and (2) long periods (days) of surface activity. Although these behavioral findings are at this time specific to crawfish frogs, we suspect that they may not be unusual activity patterns for other frogs, as well. The use of imaging techniques that take advantage of these frogs' dependence on burrows and use of burrow entrances has allowed us to observe these patterns for the first time.",
keywords = "activity patterns, circumdiel, crawfish frogs, Lithobates areolatus, video imaging",
author = "Hoffman, {Andrew S.} and Heemeyer, {Jennifer L.} and Williams, {Perry J.} and Robb, {Joseph R.} and Karns, {Daryl R.} and Kinney, {Vanessa C.} and Engbrecht, {Nathan J.} and Michael Lannoo",
year = "2010",
month = "11",
doi = "10.1525/bio.2010.60.10.9",
language = "English",
volume = "60",
pages = "829--834",
journal = "BioScience",
issn = "0006-3568",
publisher = "American Institute of Biological Sciences",
number = "10",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Strong site fidelity and a variety of imaging techniques reveal around-the-clock and extended activity patterns in crawfish frogs (Lithobates areolatus)

AU - Hoffman, Andrew S.

AU - Heemeyer, Jennifer L.

AU - Williams, Perry J.

AU - Robb, Joseph R.

AU - Karns, Daryl R.

AU - Kinney, Vanessa C.

AU - Engbrecht, Nathan J.

AU - Lannoo, Michael

PY - 2010/11

Y1 - 2010/11

N2 - Crawfish frogs (Lithobates areolatus) base their nonbreeding activities in and around the entrances of crayfish burrows. This site preference allows individual crawfish frogs to be monitored using still and video imaging techniques. We used three camera types offering different continuities, scales, and resolutions of data to observe the frogs' activity patterns and nonbreeding behaviors. Together, these techniques allowed us to observe two behaviors in crawfish frogs previously unreported for amphibians: (1) circumdiel activity patterns, and (2) long periods (days) of surface activity. Although these behavioral findings are at this time specific to crawfish frogs, we suspect that they may not be unusual activity patterns for other frogs, as well. The use of imaging techniques that take advantage of these frogs' dependence on burrows and use of burrow entrances has allowed us to observe these patterns for the first time.

AB - Crawfish frogs (Lithobates areolatus) base their nonbreeding activities in and around the entrances of crayfish burrows. This site preference allows individual crawfish frogs to be monitored using still and video imaging techniques. We used three camera types offering different continuities, scales, and resolutions of data to observe the frogs' activity patterns and nonbreeding behaviors. Together, these techniques allowed us to observe two behaviors in crawfish frogs previously unreported for amphibians: (1) circumdiel activity patterns, and (2) long periods (days) of surface activity. Although these behavioral findings are at this time specific to crawfish frogs, we suspect that they may not be unusual activity patterns for other frogs, as well. The use of imaging techniques that take advantage of these frogs' dependence on burrows and use of burrow entrances has allowed us to observe these patterns for the first time.

KW - activity patterns

KW - circumdiel

KW - crawfish frogs

KW - Lithobates areolatus

KW - video imaging

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=78149233941&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=78149233941&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1525/bio.2010.60.10.9

DO - 10.1525/bio.2010.60.10.9

M3 - Article

VL - 60

SP - 829

EP - 834

JO - BioScience

JF - BioScience

SN - 0006-3568

IS - 10

ER -