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Chemical cue eavesdropping of related species

Laboratory Group Project

Eavesdropping cues are vastly important in the natural world, as organisms can use ques from outside their own species to avoid harm, gather resources, and increase overall fitness. In this experiment, two species of frog from the Santa Monica Mountains were used to determine if one of the frog species could interpret the other's signals. The end goal being to add in additional Dart frogs to see if it is an evolved behavior between geographically close species or if it is a gene that is carried by all frog species closely related or not.


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