Female Amplexus in a Yellow-Bellied Toad, Bombina variegata

Yegor B. Malashichev


A new type of behavior in a B. variegata female (female amplexus) is described. It is similar to a kind of aggressive behavior known for Rana temporaria. Female amplexus is interpreted however as non-typical mating rather than aggressive behavior. Interactions of fire-bellied toads at presentation of food are also discussed. It is inferred from original observations and literature data that agonistic attacks, misdirected feeding behavior and female amplexus are different types of behavior and should not be mixed.


Bombina variegata; anurans; amplexus; mating; feeding; aggressiveness

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.30906/1026-2296-1999-6-2-143-146


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