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Title: Absence of kin discrimination in cannibalistic Anuran tadpoles of the frog Hoplobatrachus tigerinus (Daudin)
Authors: Rajput, Amrapali P
Shanbhag, Bhagyashri A
Saidapur, Srinivas K
Keywords: Behaviour;Cannibalism;Frog tadpoles;Hoplobatrachus tigerinus;Kin discrimination
Issue Date: May-2011
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
Abstract: Kin discrimination was tested in the cannibalistic H. tigerinus tadpoles to know whether cannibalism is selectively directed towards non-kin members or it is indiscriminate. The association choice tests were conducted using satiated as well as starved subjects with the assumption that they will associate near non-sibs rather than near sibs with the intention of preferentially cannibalizing them. However, test tadpoles, fed or starved showed a random association choice with sibs and non-sibs, as in the end-bias stimulus blank tests. Therefore it is suggested that cannibalistic H. tigerinus tadpoles do not discriminate sibs from non-sibs and cannibalize on both rather indiscriminately.
Page(s): 362-365
ISSN: 0975-1009 (Online); 0019-5189 (Print)
Appears in Collections:IJEB Vol.49(05) [May 2011]

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