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In the southeastern United States, coarse woody debris (CWD) typically harbors high densities of invertebrates. However, its importance as a foraging substrate for southeastern amphibians is relatively unknown. We examined effects of CWD manipulations on diet composition of southern toads (Bufo terrestris) in upland loblolly pine (Pinus taeda) stands in the Coastal Plain of South Carolina. We found no difference in relative abundance or frequency of invertebrate groups consumed among treatments. Average body weight (g), SVL (cm) and stomach content weight (g wet) of individuals also were similar among treatments.

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The role of CWD as a foraging substrate for southern toads in loblolly pine stands of the southeastern Coastal Plain may be negligible, at least in the early stages of decay.

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Full article can be found at USFS Treesearch - http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/21207

Dr Kurt Moseley
kurt.moseley@gmail.com

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This page is a summary of: Diet of Southern Toads (Bufo terrestris) in Loblolly Pine (Pinus taeda) Stands Subject to Coarse Woody Debris Manipulations, The American Midland Naturalist, April 2005, University of Notre Dame, DOI: 10.1674/0003-0031(2005)153[0327:dostbt]2.0.co;2.
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