Olfactory Orientation in Anuran Amphibians

S. V. Ogurtsov


Anuran amphibians are known to learn chemical stimuli in embryonic and larval development. Data on «kin recognition» and data on learning of native pond odor are considered as parts of complex chemical imprinting typical for other groups of vertebrates. It is rather probable that 2 sensitive periods of chemical learning exist in larval development. Imprinting, at least partly, determines species-specific strategy of dispersal in newly metamorphosed individuals. It is proposed that chemical stimuli learnt during larval development could be among cues that guide adult individuals to their native pond for breeding. Anuran olfactory abilities, such as discrimination of scent mixture components, seasonal changes and hormonal regulation of sensitivity, individual differences in perception are also discussed.


amphibians; larval development; chemical imprinting; «kin recognition»; native pond odor; sensitive periods

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.30906/1026-2296-2004-11-1-35-40


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