Soil water absorption capabilities in selected species of anurans

TitleSoil water absorption capabilities in selected species of anurans
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1970
AuthorsWalker RF, Whitford WG
JournalHerpetologica
Volume26
Pagination411-418
Date Published1970
Call Number00353
Keywordsamphibian, also SEE <ANURAN>, anuran, soil water absorption, anuran,Bufo, anuran,Hyla, anuran,Rana, anuran,Scaphiopus, article, articles, Bufo, Hyla, journal, journals, Rana, Scaphiopus, toad, SEE <ANURAN>
AbstractThe relative ability of several species of anurans (Bufo americanus, B. cognatus, Hyla cinerea, Rana pipiens, Scaphiopus couchi, and S. hammondi) to absorb water from the soil was examined. Fossorial species from xeric habitats, S. couchi, S. hammondi and B. cognatus had absorption thresholds between 2.5 and 3 atm. In decreasing order of ability to absorb moisture from the soil were B. americanus, H. cinerea and R. pipiens. The ability of anurans to absorb moisture from the soil is probably a factor determining their distribution.