Observations of foothill yellow-legged frog predation by a Native Frog, Snake, and Giant Water Bug in a Central California Intermittent Stream

Robert A. Leidy, Rachael Ryan, Hana Moidu, Pablo Rodríguez-Lozano, Michael T. Bogan, Stephanie M. Carlson

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Abstract

During the summers of 2015 and 2018, we observed predation on Foothill Yellow-legged Frogs (Rana boylii) by a giant water bug (Abedus indentatus), a California Red-legged Frog (Rana draytonii), and a Diablo Range Gartersnake (Thamnophis atratus zaxanthus) adjacent to 3 separate isolated pools along intermittent reaches of Coyote Creek, Santa Clara County, California, USA. To the best of our knowledge, our observations provide the first published record of California Red-legged Frog and giant water bug preying upon Foothill Yellow-legged Frogs. As pool habitat contracts over the course of the dry season, locally abundant Yellow-legged Frogs may be increasingly vulnerable to predation from a suite of aquatic and terrestrial predators.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)280-284
Number of pages5
JournalWestern North American Naturalist
Volume79
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology

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