Growth, age at maturity, and age-specific survival of the Arboreal Salamander (Aneides lugubris) on Southeast Farallon Island, California

Derek Lee, James B. Bettaso, Monica L. Bond, Russell W. Bradley, James R. Tietz, Peter M. Warzybok

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Abstract

Growth, age at maturity, and survival are life-history parameters that provide important information for understanding population dynamics. We modeled growth and age at maturity for an island population of Arboreal Salamanders, Aneides lugubris, using snoutvent length (SVL) growth intervals from a 4-yr capturemarkrecapture study fit to the von Bertalanffy growth interval model. We estimated annual survival as a function of SVL using a multistate open robust design model, and computed age-specific survival using results from the von Bertalanffy growth model. Arboreal Salamanders have indeterminate growth that slows with age from hatchling size (24.4-mm SVL) to the mean adult (asymptotic) size of 66.0-mm SVL. Age at maturity is 2.69 yr, and average adult age is 811 yr. Annual survival increased with age from 0.363 in age 0 to 0.783 in ages >4 yr. Our results provide the first estimates of life-history parameters for this species and indicate similarities to other terrestrial salamanders from low-elevation Mediterranean climates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)64-71
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Herpetology
Volume46
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Animal Science and Zoology

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