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Interesting observations Will. 

I suspect there may be a strong link between amphibian metamorph size attained and available food supply. I've seen large well developed animals of several species emerging from relatively tiny but warm ponds. In each case the pond was teaming with inverts.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote will Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 Jul 2014 at 9:12am
thanks for that Gemma; I guess you would get a synergistic effect where the warmth that favoured larval development would also favour that of the inverts.  And as the water becomes depleted, the invert soup becomes more concentrated and hence it's easier for the GCN larvae to find a meal (and to snap away at each other, too...)
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