Taboada, C.; Brunetti, A.E.; Alexandre, C.; Lagorio, M.G.; Faivovich, J."Fluorescent Frogs: A Herpetological Perspective" (2017) South American Journal of Herpetology. 12(1):1-13
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In this paper we present information on fluorescent frogs that will be of use to interested researchers. We describe practical details and provide new data on the phenomenon in Boana punctata, while reporting for the first time its occurrence in the closely related B. atlantica. Both species leave persistent fluorescent marks on the substrate in field and lab conditions, the biological role of which, if any, remains unknown. We discuss briefly the heuristic criteria employed to identify other anuran species most likely to be fluorescent-At least in a similar way to that described in B. atlantica and B. punctata-And provide a list of 281 species in seven families (Arthroleptidae, Centrolenidae, Hemiphractidae, Hylidae, Hyperoliidae, Mantellidae, and Rhacophoridae) that should be tested for the occurrence of fluorescence. Finally, we discuss some general aspects related to anuran coloration, fluorescence, and criteria to assess its biological role, if any, commenting on the role of pteridins and hypothetical situations where these could lead to fluorescence in a different way than how we see it in B. atlantica and B. punctata. © 2017 Brazilian Society of Herpetology.


Documento: Artículo
Título:Fluorescent Frogs: A Herpetological Perspective
Autor:Taboada, C.; Brunetti, A.E.; Alexandre, C.; Lagorio, M.G.; Faivovich, J.
Filiación:División Herpetología, Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales 'Bernardino Rivadavia', Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas, Ángel Gallardo 470, Ciudad de Buenos Aires, C1405DJR, Argentina
Instituto de Química Física de Los Materiales, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Pabellón II, Ciudad de Buenos Aires, C1428EHA, Argentina
Faculdade de Ciências Farmacêuticas de Ribeirão Preto, Universidade de São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, SP 14040-903, Brazil
Departamento de Ciências Biológicas, Universidade Estadual de Santa Cruz, Ilhéus, BA 45662-900, Brazil
Departamento de Química Inorgánica, Analítica y Química Física, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas Exactas y Naturales, Ciudad de Buenos Aires, C1428EHA, Argentina
Departamento de Biodiversidad y Biología Experimental, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Pabellón II, Ciudad de Buenos Aires, C1428EHA, Argentina
Palabras clave:Anura; Boana atlantica; Boana punctata.; Coloration; Fluorescence; Hylidae
Página de inicio:1
Página de fin:13
Título revista:South American Journal of Herpetology
Título revista abreviado:South Am. J. Herpetol.


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