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  aroidiphyllic frogs (Peter Matthews)
From: Jason Hernandez mossytrail at earthlink.net> on 1969.12.31 at 16:00:00(12872)
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Dear Deni and others,

In Japan, where taro is widely cultivated but not native, it is
common in the wet season (spring/early summer) to see small green
frogs perched on taro leaves. Taro has to be given lots of water
through the dry end of summer, so it is natural for frogs to
congregate in the vicinity, even though the habitat is entirely
synthetic.

Peter

Reminds me of some of my own observations in my Aroideana article a couple years ago, in which flooded taro paddies (on a small island off Taiwan) were inhabited by various wetland fauna. It seems to me that this particular agroecosystem may prove especially valuable in places where natural wetlands are dwindling. A taro paddy may not be as biologically diverse as a wild marsh, but for those wetland-dependent species who can adapt to it, it is better than no wetlands at all.

Jason Hernandez

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