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Allobates femoralis

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Although navigation has been studied in other vertebrates, very little is known about amphibian spatial learning abilities. Pasukonis et al. (2014) studied homing in territorial male Allobates femoralis, a species that shuttle their tadpoles, to determine if experience played a role in spatial orientation. Using a harmonic direction finder, they found that animals translocated within a familiar range were able to use direct paths back to their territories while animals translocated to unfamiliar surroundings of similar distances, were unable to orient toward their territory. The authors concluded that poison dart frogs use spatial learning for navigation within a local area.

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Current number of amphibian species: 7,387 (Jan 26, 2015) Newly added species