A quantified ethogram for oviposition in triturus newts: Description and comparison of T. helveticus and T. vulgaris

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/68060
Title:
A quantified ethogram for oviposition in triturus newts: Description and comparison of T. helveticus and T. vulgaris
Authors:
Norris, Karen M.; Hosie, Charlotte A.
Abstract:
Female newts of the genus Triturus deposit and wrap their eggs individually in the submerged leaves of aquatic macrophytes. Although this behaviour has previously been described, the different elements of the oviposition process have not been fully characterized nor any attempt made to quantify the behavioural elements. The study examined the oviposition behaviour of the two similarly sized species, Triturus helveticus and T. vulgaris on a standardized substrate macrophyte, Rorippa nasturtium–aquaticum. Continuous focal sampling was used to develop a baseline of discrete behavioural elements enabling quantification and comparison of oviposition behaviour between the two species. The results showed that the same pattern of elements was followed for each egg laid and the same key elements of the process were present in each newt species. Although these are broadly similar in size, there were striking differences in certain aspects of the oviposition sequence between the two species. Key findings were that leaf sniffing and leaf flexing and a measure of the duration of ovipositing were all significantly greater in females of T. helveticus and females of T. vulgaris laid significantly more eggs than those of T. helveticus in a standard observation period. The work presented here defines a baseline ethogram and shows how it can be used to reveal quantifiable differences in closely related species. This demonstrates its value in furthering our understanding of oviposition – a key aspect of female behaviour currently understudied in Triturus behavioural ecology, despite its intrinsic interest and value in understanding recruitment and maintenance of populations.
Affiliation:
University of Chester
Citation:
Ethology, 111(4), 2005, pp. 357-366
Publisher:
Ethologische Gesellschaft e.V.
Journal:
Ethology
Publication Date:
2005
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/68060
DOI:
10.1111/j.1439-0310.2005.01071.x
Additional Links:
http://www.wiley.com/bw/journal.asp?ref=0179-1613
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
This article is not available through ChesterRep.
ISSN:
0179-1613; 1439-0310
Appears in Collections:
Biological Sciences

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dc.contributor.authorNorris, Karen M.en
dc.contributor.authorHosie, Charlotte A.en
dc.date.accessioned2009-05-13T15:45:53Zen
dc.date.available2009-05-13T15:45:53Zen
dc.date.issued2005en
dc.identifier.citationEthology, 111(4), 2005, pp. 357-366en
dc.identifier.issn0179-1613en
dc.identifier.issn1439-0310en
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/j.1439-0310.2005.01071.xen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/68060en
dc.descriptionThis article is not available through ChesterRep.en
dc.description.abstractFemale newts of the genus Triturus deposit and wrap their eggs individually in the submerged leaves of aquatic macrophytes. Although this behaviour has previously been described, the different elements of the oviposition process have not been fully characterized nor any attempt made to quantify the behavioural elements. The study examined the oviposition behaviour of the two similarly sized species, Triturus helveticus and T. vulgaris on a standardized substrate macrophyte, Rorippa nasturtium–aquaticum. Continuous focal sampling was used to develop a baseline of discrete behavioural elements enabling quantification and comparison of oviposition behaviour between the two species. The results showed that the same pattern of elements was followed for each egg laid and the same key elements of the process were present in each newt species. Although these are broadly similar in size, there were striking differences in certain aspects of the oviposition sequence between the two species. Key findings were that leaf sniffing and leaf flexing and a measure of the duration of ovipositing were all significantly greater in females of T. helveticus and females of T. vulgaris laid significantly more eggs than those of T. helveticus in a standard observation period. The work presented here defines a baseline ethogram and shows how it can be used to reveal quantifiable differences in closely related species. This demonstrates its value in furthering our understanding of oviposition – a key aspect of female behaviour currently understudied in Triturus behavioural ecology, despite its intrinsic interest and value in understanding recruitment and maintenance of populations.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherEthologische Gesellschaft e.V.en
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.wiley.com/bw/journal.asp?ref=0179-1613en
dc.subjectfemale newtsen
dc.subjectovipositionen
dc.titleA quantified ethogram for oviposition in triturus newts: Description and comparison of T. helveticus and T. vulgarisen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Chesteren
dc.identifier.journalEthologyen
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