Diurnal activity in cane toads (Rhinella marina) is geographically widespread

Lachlan Pettit*, Simon Ducatez, Jayna L. DeVore, Georgia Ward-Fear, Richard Shine

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    Although adult cane toads (Rhinella marina) are generally active only at night, a recent study reported that individuals of this species switched to diurnal activity in response to encountering a novel habitat type (deeply shaded gorges) in the course of their Australian invasion. Our sampling over a broader geographic scale challenges the idea that this behaviour is novel; we documented diurnal behaviour both in the species’ native range and in several sites within the invaded range, in multiple habitat types. Diurnal activity was most common in the tropics and in areas where toads attain high population densities and are in poor body condition, suggesting that the expansion of activity times may be induced by intraspecific competition for food.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number5723
    Pages (from-to)1-11
    Number of pages11
    JournalScientific Reports
    Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2020

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