Translator Disclaimer
1 October 2007 Recent Records of Alien Anurans on the Pacific Island of Guam
Author Affiliations +

Eight anuran species were recorded for the first time in Guam in the period May 2003–December 2005, all apparently the result of arrivals to the island since 2000. Three of the eight species (Rana guentheri, Polypedates megacephalus, and Eleutherodactylus planirostris) had well-established breeding populations by 2005. A further three (Fejervarya cf. limnocharis, Fejervarya cancrivora, and Microhyla pulchra) were recorded from a number of individuals, but it is not known whether these species have established breeding populations. Two species (Kaloula pulchra and Eleutherodactylus coqui) appear to be incidental transportations to the island that have not established. Before 2003, five anuran species, all introductions, had been recorded from Guam. Three of these, Polypedates leucomystax, Pseudacris regilla, and Kaloula picta, were detected on Guam in incoming cargo but destroyed. Two species established: Bufo marinus was deliberately introduced and the Australian hylid Litoria fallax was probably an accidental introduction. Successful establishment of anurans on Guam has increased the risk of frog introductions to nearby islands. By providing additional food sources for the brown tree snake (Boiga irregularis), anuran introductions have increased the chance that B. irregularis might substantially increase in numbers and in turn increase the risk of the snake being accidentally transported to other islands.

Michelle T. Christy, Craig S. Clark, David E. Gee, Diane Vice, Daniel S. Vice, Mitchell P. Warner, Claudine L. Tyrrell, Gordon H. Rodda, and Julie A. Savidge "Recent Records of Alien Anurans on the Pacific Island of Guam," Pacific Science 61(4), 469-483, (1 October 2007).[469:RROAAO]2.0.CO;2
Accepted: 1 October 2006; Published: 1 October 2007

Get copyright permission
Back to Top