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Selective Predation by Newts on Frog Tadpoles treated with DDT


HYPERACTIVITY induced by exposure to a pesticide could be a disadvantage to an organism in the wild1–5, particularly by increasing the risk of predation. I have therefore investigated whether warty newts (Triturus cristatus) will preferentially prey on hyperactive, DDT-treated tadpoles of the common frog (Rana temporaria) rather than untreated tadpoles.

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COOKE, A. Selective Predation by Newts on Frog Tadpoles treated with DDT. Nature 229, 275–276 (1971).

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