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Natural History of Model Organisms: The big potential of the small frog Eleutherodactylus coqui

  1. Sarah E Westrick  Is a corresponding author
  2. Mara Laslo
  3. Eva Fischer
  1. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, United States
  2. Harvard University, United States
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Cite this article as: eLife 2022;11:e73401 doi: 10.7554/eLife.73401

Abstract

The Puerto Rican coquí frog Eleutherodactylus coqui (E. coqui) is both a cultural icon and a species with an unusual natural history that has attracted attention from researchers in a number of different fields within biology. Unlike most frogs, the coquí frog skips the tadpole stage, which makes it of interest to developmental biologists. The frog is best known in Puerto Rico for its notoriously loud mating call, which has allowed researchers to study aspects of social behavior such as vocal communication and courtship, while the ability of coquí to colonize new habitats has been used to explore the biology of invasive species. This article reviews research on the natural history of E. coqui and opportunities for future research.

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  1. Sarah E Westrick

    Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, United States
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  2. Mara Laslo

    Curriculum Fellow Program, Harvard University, Cambridge, United States
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  3. Eva Fischer

    Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Urbana and Champaign, United States
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National Science Foundation (Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biology,2010714)

  • Sarah E Westrick

Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg Institute for Advanced Study

  • Eva Fischer

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  1. Helena Pérez Valle, eLife, United Kingdom

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  1. Received: October 19, 2021
  2. Accepted: January 13, 2022
  3. Accepted Manuscript published: January 14, 2022 (version 1)

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© 2022, Westrick et al.

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