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Publication Date

1968

Keywords

Northern leopard frog; Animals--Abnormalities; Natural selection

Abstract

In a population of immature leopard frogs (Rana pipiens) at Mud Lake, Washington County, Minnesota, a high frequency of unilateral deformity of the hind legs was observed in 1965. Metamorphosis from tadpole to frog took place during July, and samples in late July averaged 14.8% deformed frogs. By late September, the frequency of deformed frogs had decreased to 3.6%, presumably as the result of natural selection.

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