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mistique
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Tadpoles

Post by mistique » Tue Feb 20, 2007 6:28 am

Hello all,

I just started doing Year 12 biology at school, but I'm already stuck with a question which I can't find answers for in the text book.

- Explain why tadpoles living in a puddle of water may die well before the water has completely dried up.
have searched everywhere but haven't found any specific answers. Could anyone help me with it?

Thanks :)

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Post by Dr.Stein » Tue Feb 20, 2007 10:37 am

~90% of their body is water and they are developing organism, which need more than 20 stages to become a stable organism, means that they are in the critical period to adapt to new environment.
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Post by Vagabond » Tue Feb 20, 2007 1:14 pm

depending on the volume of water one could think that the tadpole might be able to use up all the oxygen in the small pool of water prior to it developing lungs. Tadpoles have gills while frogs have lungs.

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Post by Darby » Wed Feb 21, 2007 6:58 pm

Along with the answers already given, there could be a buildup of tadpole wastes (mostly ammonia), or the osmolarity of the puddle may change enough to affect them. Temperature fluctuations could do it, too.

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