The forest floor and its utilization by selected species of terrestrial amphibians

TitleThe forest floor and its utilization by selected species of terrestrial amphibians
Publication TypeThesis
Year of Publication1959
AuthorsHeatwole HFranklin
DegreeDoctor of Philosophy
Number of Pages407 pp.
UniversityUniversity of Michigan
CityAnn Arbor, MI
KeywordsVERTEBRATES
Abstract

The purpose of this study was to analyze the forest floor habitat, to find how physical and microclimatic features are important to amphibians, to obtain information on microhabitat selection in forest floor species, and to discover the ways different species have made evolutionary adjustment to the demands of this terrestrial environment. Two terrestrial frogs, Eleutherodactylus gollmeri and Eleutherodactylus maussi, were studied in Venezuelan Cloud Forest. The terrestrial salamander, Plethodon cinereus, was studied in beech-maple and oak-pine-aspen forests in northern Michigan, and the frog, Rana sylvatica, in oak-hickory and swamp hardwoods near Ann Arbor, Michigan.