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The lunar cycle influences frogs' vocal activity. Herein we examined a community of 37 Brazilian species to elucidate how their vocal activity is influenced by such a cycle. We found that most species prefer the darkest phase for vocalizing. This result indicates that artificial lighting could interfere with the species' natural behaviors, affecting their conservancy. To find this, we observed the vocal activity of 1691 frogs for 882 d in a way to better understand Brazilian biodiversity.
WE | Articles | Volume 21, issue 1
Web Ecol., 21, 1–13, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/we-21-1-2021
Web Ecol., 21, 1–13, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/we-21-1-2021

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Standard article | 06 Jan 2021

Frog vocalization is influenced by moon phases: Brazilian frogs tend to prefer low-albedo phases

Mauro S. C. S. Lima et al.

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The lunar cycle influences frogs' vocal activity. Herein we examined a community of 37 Brazilian species to elucidate how their vocal activity is influenced by such a cycle. We found that most species prefer the darkest phase for vocalizing. This result indicates that artificial lighting could interfere with the species' natural behaviors, affecting their conservancy. To find this, we observed the vocal activity of 1691 frogs for 882 d in a way to better understand Brazilian biodiversity.
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