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A silver spoon start to life for the critically endangered corroboree frog

Grant


Scheme


  • Linkage Projects

Abstract


  • Unprecedented rates of species extinction have been reported for all vertebrates, with amphibians most severely affected. Captive breeding programs play a key role in amphibian conservation, yet there is a lack of knowledge regarding the nutritional requirements of threatened species. Exposing individuals to superior nutrition may provide a 'silver spoon' advantage. This project aims to test the effect of dietary carotenoids on an extensive range of fitness-determining traits in the endangered southern corroboree frog. Manipulating captive nutrition is a cost effective action that will permit recovery teams to more efficiently implement conservation actions. The findings will be of major benefit to amphibian conservation globally.

Date/time Interval


  • 2017

Sponsor Award Id


  • LP170100351

Local Award Id


  • 125523

Scheme


  • Linkage Projects

Abstract


  • Unprecedented rates of species extinction have been reported for all vertebrates, with amphibians most severely affected. Captive breeding programs play a key role in amphibian conservation, yet there is a lack of knowledge regarding the nutritional requirements of threatened species. Exposing individuals to superior nutrition may provide a 'silver spoon' advantage. This project aims to test the effect of dietary carotenoids on an extensive range of fitness-determining traits in the endangered southern corroboree frog. Manipulating captive nutrition is a cost effective action that will permit recovery teams to more efficiently implement conservation actions. The findings will be of major benefit to amphibian conservation globally.

Date/time Interval


  • 2017

Sponsor Award Id


  • LP170100351

Local Award Id


  • 125523