Land use and anuran biodiversity in southeast Kansas, USA
LEWIS R. ANDERSON AND JOSEPH A. ARRUDA1
Department of Biology, Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas 66762-7552, United States of America
Abstract.—The relationship of anuran breeding site biodiversity to land use was examined in southeast Kansas, USA. Eight breeding pools or temporary ponds were sampled from March to July 1995. Each site has some adjacent woodland, but varied in the remaining adjacent land use. Two sites were relatively unimpacted reference or “natural” sites, two were impacted by abandoned coal or lead/zinc mines, and four were impacted by cropland. Adult density was determined with visual and audio censuses. Tadpoles were examined for malformations and density was estimated. Eggs were collected from the sites, hatched in the laboratory, and examined for malformations. Total audio anuran density was statistically higher (ANOVA, P 315.1/ha agricultural > 262.0/ha mined) but were not statistically different. Tadpole densities were significantly (P
Key words. Amphibian, anuran, land use, tadpole, watershed, biodiversity, malformations
Citation: Anderson, L. R. and Arruda, J. A. 2006. Land use and anuran biodiversity in southeast Kansas, USA. Amphib. Reptile Conserv. 4(1):46-59(e14).