Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA
The influence of environmental factors on the activity and movement of Bufo nebulifer (coastal plain toad) in a disturbed area
Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Dr. Frederic Zaidan III
Dr. Robert Edwards
Dr. Brian Fredensborg
Toads in the family Bufonidae are poorly studied in southern Texas. Bufo nebulifir, a native bufonid, has been studied in its northern and southern range limits (east Texas and northern Mexico). South Texas' sub-tropical climate could impact the length of the activity period for B. nebulifer in yet unrecorded ways. This study resolves whether environmental factors correlate to Bufo nebulifer's activity, presence, and movement, using a mark-recapture method. The study was conducted for one year during February 2008 to March 2009. Environmental factors, especially rainfall and temperature were significantly correlated (PB. nebulifer . The active period of B. nebulifer is now known to extend from February through December.
University of Texas-Pan American
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