Population Density of Tropical Forest Frogs: Relation to Retreat Sites

Science  05 Aug 1983:
Vol. 221, Issue 4610, pp. 570-572
DOI: 10.1126/science.221.4610.570


The forest frog Eleutherodactylus coqui defends specific sites for retreats and nests in the Luquillo Forest, Puerto Rico. The hypothesis that shortages of nest and retreat sites limit population size was tested by placing 100 bamboo frog houses in plots measuring 100 square meters in areas of high frog density. These new sites were readily adopted by adult frogs. After one year, experimental plots had significantly more nests and frogs of all sizes than did control plots.