Analysis of three amphibian populations with quarter-century long time series
Proceedings of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Section B, Biological sciences
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density dependence tests, global amphibian decline, population fluctuations, population regulation, Rana temporaria, time-series
Amphibians are in decline in many parts of the world. Long time-series of amphibian populations are necessary to distinguish declines from the often strong fluctuations observed in natural populations. Time-series may also help to understand the causes of these declines. We analysed 23-28-year long time-series of the frog Rana temporaria. Only one of the three studied populations showed a negative trend which was probably caused by the introduction of fish. Two populations appeared to be density regulated. Rainfall had no obvious effect on the population fluctuations. Whereas long-term studies of amphibian populations are valuable to document population declines, most are too short to reveal those factors that govern population dynamics or cause amphibian populations to decline.