Diet of tadpoles for five anuran species of northeast Brazil

Diet of tadpoles to five anuran species

  • Airan dos Santos Protázio | Departamento de Ensino, Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia da Bahia, Irecê, Bahia, Brazil.
  • Arielson dos Santos Protázio Centro de Ciências Agrárias, Ambientais e Biológicas, Universidade Federal do Recôncavo da Bahia, Cruz das Almas, Bahia, Brazil.
  • Vivian Gama Centro de Ciências Agrárias, Ambientais e Biológicas, Universidade Federal do Recôncavo da Bahia, Cruz das Almas, Bahia, Brazil.
  • Samantha Vieira Silva Departamento de Biologia, Universidade Federal de Sergipe, São Cristovão, Sergipe, Brazil.
  • Carla Giovanna Cruz dos Santos Departamento de Ensino, Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia da Bahia, Irecê, Bahia, Brazil.
  • Joanna Karine Gomes de Oliveira Centro de Ciências Agrárias, Ambientais e Biológicas, Universidade Federal do Recôncavo da Bahia, Cruz das Almas, Bahia, Brazil.


In this study, the diet of tadpoles of five anuran species was described. The species were collected from either lotic or lentic environments in Caatinga and the Atlantic Forest biome of northeast Brazil. The diet of these tadpoles consisted of algae, protozoa, plants, fungi and animals. Diatoms were the most important items within the diet of Leptodactylus natalensis. Trachelomonas, diatoms, Phacus and Scenedesmus were the most important items comprising the diet of Leptodactylus cf. macrosternum. Trachelomonas, Oscillatoria and Scenedesmus were the most important items comprising the diet of Pithecophus nordestinus. Diatoms and Scenodesmus were the most important items of the diet for Rhinella jimi. For Scinax x-signatus, diatoms (Atlantic Forest population), Oscillatoria, undetermined filament and pollen (Caatinga population) were the most important items consumed. Scinax x-signatus and L. natalensis from Atlantic Forest, and L. cf. macrosternum and P. nordestinus from Caatinga had diets that were the most similar. The diversity of items found in the diets of species considered may be attributed to mechanisms used by tadpoles to obtain food, which favour the acquisition of suspended materials that are highly available in the environment. We discuss the possible effects of the relationship between algae and tadpoles and the importance of recording larvae diets to better understand the dynamics of the aquatic environment and the trophic ecology of tadpoles.



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Diego Fontaneto, CNR-IRSA, Verbania, Italy
Food, larvae, permanent stream, temporary pond, lagoon
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Protázio A dos S, Protázio A dos S, Gama V, Silva SV, Santos CGC dos, Oliveira JKG de. Diet of tadpoles for five anuran species of northeast Brazil: Diet of tadpoles to five anuran species. J Limnol [Internet]. 2020Mar.9 [cited 2021May7];79(2). Available from: