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Captive management of newly hatched Fijian ground frog Platymantis vitianus froglets: lessons learnt from an unanticipated invertebrate predator invasion, Suva, Fiji

Narayan, Edward J. and Christi, Ketan S. and Morley, Craig (2007) Captive management of newly hatched Fijian ground frog Platymantis vitianus froglets: lessons learnt from an unanticipated invertebrate predator invasion, Suva, Fiji. Conservation Evidence, 4 . pp. 58-60. ISSN 1758-2067

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    Abstract

    Five newly hatched froglets of the endangered Fijian ground frog Platymantis vitianus were transferred into a glass laboratory aquarium upon hatching, following egg-laying by adult frogs during the wet season in a purpose-built outdoor enclosure at the University of the South Pacific, Fiji. During captive management of the froglets, their body weight and food supply in the aquarium were closely monitored. All five froglets were successfully raised to 37 days old, at which time the aquarium was invaded by brown house ants Pheidole megacephala. This event was probably caused by excess ripe fruit, placed within the glass aquarium to attract small flies as food for the froglets, attracting the ants. The ants predated all five froglets. Future ex-situ designs for rearing P.vitianus froglets may consider incorporating measures such as aquatic protective barriers to prevent ants and other unwanted terrestrial invertebrates from entering captive-rearing aquaria and other enclosures.

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
    Q Science > QP Physiology
    Divisions: Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development (PACE-SD)
    Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) > School of Biological and Chemical Sciences
    Depositing User: Ms Mereoni Camailakeba
    Date Deposited: 24 May 2007 15:23
    Last Modified: 30 May 2012 15:12
    URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/772
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