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Somatic and Gametic Dry Matter and Protein in Gravid Females of Several Amphibian Species
Claude E. Boyd and C. Phillip Goodyear
1. Specimens of fifteen
amphibian species were collected from breeding congregations in the southeast
United States during the spring and summer of 1970.
Animals were dissected and dry weights of ova and carcasses were
Fat values of ova were estimated by subtracting the percentage of protein
and ash from 100 per cent.
The proximate composition of eggs was fairly uniform for all species
averaging 69-8 per cent protein, 26-6 per cent fat and 4-3 per cent ash.
There was considerable intra-specific variation in the amount of protein
and dry matter partitioned into ova with an average of about 30 per cent of the
total body protein and dry matter.
SREL Reprint #0280
Boyd, C.E. and C.P. Goodyear. 1971. Somatic and gametic dry matter and protein in gravid females of several amphibian species. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology 40A:771-775.