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Shit Happens (to be Useful)! Use of Elephant Dung as Habitat by Amphibians

Author:
Campos-Arceiz, Ahimsa
Source:
Biotropica 2009 v.41 no.4 pp. 406-407
ISSN:
0006-3606
Subject:
dry environmental conditions, ecosystem engineering, feces, frogs, habitats, Sri Lanka
Abstract:
Although elephants are commonly cited as an example of ecosystem engineering, cases involving Asian elephants are missing in the literature. In a dry environment of southeastern Sri Lanka, I examined 290 elephant dung piles and found a total of six frogs from three different species in 1.7 percent (N=5) of the dung piles. This suggests a facilitative role of elephants by providing habitat for amphibians.
Agid:
2219389