Ultraviolet Radiation and Amphibians

  • Andrew R. Blaustein
  • Lisa K. Belden
  • Audrey C. Hatch
  • Lee B. Kats
  • Peter D. Hoffman
  • John B. Hays
  • Adolfo Marco
  • Douglas P. Chivers
  • Joseph M. Kiesecker


Environmental changes, including those associated with the atmosphere, may significantly affect individual animals, populations, and ultimately communities. Ultraviolet-B (UV-B) radiation, increasing because of stratospheric ozone depletion, has been suggested as causing mortality and a variety of sublethal effects in a number of organisms, including amphibians. At the terrestrial surface, UV-B (280–315 nm) radiation is extremely important biologically. Critical biomolecules absorb light of higher wavelength less efficiently, and stratospheric ozone absorbs most light of lower wavelength (Blaustein et al. 1994a).


Ultraviolet Radiation Sublethal Effect Amphibian Species Antipredator Behavior Cyclobutane Pyrimidine Dimer 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrew R. Blaustein
  • Lisa K. Belden
  • Audrey C. Hatch
  • Lee B. Kats
  • Peter D. Hoffman
  • John B. Hays
  • Adolfo Marco
  • Douglas P. Chivers
  • Joseph M. Kiesecker

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