Analysis of amphibian habitat preferences in a farmland area (Po plain, northern Italy)

in Amphibia-Reptilia
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Abstract

Forty-two water bodies in an agricultural lowland area of northern Italy were investigated with respect to the presence of amphibians and to a number of habitat features. The following species were found: Rana kl. esculenta, R. latastei, Bufo bufo, B. viridis, Hyla arborea, Triturus carnifex and T. vulgaris meridionalis. A discriminant analysis was carried out for each species to test whether there were significant difference between ecological characteristics of used and unused sites; all analyses showed a significant difference, and they also made it possible to identify the most important habitat features for each species found. Vegetational factors seemed to be the most important.

Analysis of amphibian habitat preferences in a farmland area (Po plain, northern Italy)

in Amphibia-Reptilia

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