Observations of Foothill Yellow-Legged Frog Predation by a Native Frog, Snake, and Giant Water Bug in a Central California Intermittent Stream
AuthorLeidy, Robert A.
Bogan, Michael T.
Carlson, Stephanie M.
AffiliationUniv Arizona, Sch Nat Resources & Environm
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PublisherBRIGHAM YOUNG UNIV
CitationRobert A. Leidy, Rachael Ryan, Hana Moidu, Pablo Rodríguez-Lozano, Michael T. Bogan, and Stephanie M. Carlson "Observations of Foothill Yellow-Legged Frog Predation by a Native Frog, Snake, and Giant Water Bug in a Central California Intermittent Stream," Western North American Naturalist 79(2), 280-284, (18 June 2019). https://doi.org/10.3398/064.079.0214
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AbstractDuring the summers of 2015 and 2018, we observed predation on Foothill Yellow-legged Frogs (Rana boylii) by a giant water bug (Abedus indentatus), a California Red-legged Frog (Rana draytonii), and a Diablo Range Gartersnake (Thamnophis atratus zaxanthus) adjacent to 3 separate isolated pools along intermittent reaches of Coyote Creek, Santa Clara County, California, USA. To the best of our knowledge, our observations provide the first published record of California Red-legged Frog and giant water bug preying upon Foothill Yellow-legged Frogs. As pool habitat contracts over the course of the dry season, locally abundant Yellow-legged Frogs may be increasingly vulnerable to predation from a suite of aquatic and terrestrial predators.
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SponsorsRamon Areces Foundation Postdoctoral Scholarship; David H. Smith Con servation Research Fellowship; Rose Hills Fund from University of California, Berkeley