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12 January 2017 Respiration Rates of Larval Cope's Gray Tree Frogs ( Hyla chrysoscelis) Across a Range in Temperatures
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Understanding ecophysiological/bioenergetic responses to elevated temperatures is vital to assessing future impacts on amphibian health and demographics. There is, however, a dearth of data concerning thermal influences on the energetics of larval amphibians, including measures of respiration rates which underlie other bioenergetic processes. We therefore measured respiration rates across a range of temperatures (18.3–30°C) in wild-caught larval Cope's Gray Tree Frog (Hyla chrysoscelis), a species widespread throughout the eastern and southeastern United States. Temperature and body size significantly affected respiration rates in a linear fashion. The Q10 calculated across the range of exposure temperatures was 1.72 for absolute respiration rates (mg O2/min) and 1.76 for mass-adjusted rates (mg O2/g min), suggesting less than a doubling of respiration rates over a 10°C increase in temperature. Our data, when considered with the limited data for other amphibians, suggest there are substantial species-specific differences in respiration/bioenergetics. Such ecophysiological information is vital to future considerations of amphibian energy budgets in light of the changing global climate.

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Christopher L. Rowe and Sarah A. Funck "Respiration Rates of Larval Cope's Gray Tree Frogs ( Hyla chrysoscelis) Across a Range in Temperatures," Journal of Herpetology 51(1), (12 January 2017). https://doi.org/10.1670/16-029
Accepted: 1 May 2016; Published: 12 January 2017
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