W A T E R   F R O G     N E W S L E T T E R

		 September 1997


The water frog home and information pool can be reached
	 through the word wide web at

              You can send email to


In 1995, following the Second International Symposium on 
Ecology and Genetics of European Water Frogs in Wroclaw 
(Poland, 1994), a data base of information on and addresses of 
biologists working with water frogs was made. Many students of 
the group may not realize it, but the site got some 6000 visits
in 1996 and is currently at 6370 visits for 1997. Although several
visitors asked to have their names added to the address list
and many general questions were answered during the last
two years, input from the water frog research community was
sparse; for example, only one additional group supplied
abstracts of their published papers.

We are now (following a gathering of water frog specialists
at the Third World Congress of Herpetology) making a
second attempt to (a) provide useful information within
this community, (b) increase the level of sharing ideas
among research groups, (c) serve as a directory of
addresses and expertise, and (d) serve the general
public (Internet) as an enjoyable science site.

Several web pages will help advance these four goals.

"News and Views" will tell what is going on in this field.
It will provide access to new literature, with pointers to
abstracts when they are available. It can also serve as
a forum for discussion and argumentation (but the site
will have editors, so keep cool!) about exciting hypotheses
in the biology, especially relating those ideas to broad
general areas of evolution, phylogenetics, and ecology.

The News and Views section needs input from all of you.
Send your thoughts, hints, abstracts,part texts, full texts,
and new literature that you have discovered to:


An address list contains recent addresses (mail and email)
of people interested in water frog research, and
describes their areas of expertise.

Several of the mail addresses are currently missing.
Please supply yours and complain if you see typos.

If you want to include or update your area of expertise, be
sure to include keywords that describe your work. Possible

"skull morphology, landmarks, Pelophylax" or 
"population genetics, Mediterranean water frogs, allozymes,
 mtDNA-RFLP, mtDNA control region" or 
"selection, experimental, larval ecology"

For longer statements there is an additional field. Please
review your entry for correctness and precision. Send us
corrections and greater detail. 
For names from A-L: beerli@scs.fsu.edu. 
For names from M-Z: dirk@hydra.biologie.Uni-Mainz.DE.

Species list and general biology: If you have good photos of
water frogs or want to share basic information with us
and the world, write some text for these sections and
send your drafts to me (beerli@scs.fsu.edu) so we
can discuss layout and content. I'll edit contributions for
consistency and basic English, while trying to stay true to
your ideas.

I hope that we can send out a newsletter every month. I look
forward to reading contributions from all of you.

Peter Beerli, Seattle 1997
with contributions from Dirk Schmeller, Thomas Uzzell,
Hansjurg Hotz

		 News and Views
The information here is shortened. For an enlarged version,
visit http://waterfrogs.scs.fsu.edu/waterfrogs.html

-New layout of the "water frog home page" (12 September 1997).

-Addresss list updated. 
***Please review the information we entered.**** 
Send us corrections and greater detail. 
For names from A-L: beerli@scs.fsu.edu. 
For names from M-Z: dirk@hydra.biologie.Uni-Mainz.DE.

-Literature: Hansjuerg Hotz is providing his water frog
bibliography. You can view it or download it. We intend to
update this continuously, so if you have just published a
manuscript or know of titles not presently in the
bibliography, please email them to hotz@zoolmus.unizh.ch. This
guarantees that we can all share new findings.

-New Literature (with abstracts)

Hotz, H. Uzzell, T. Berger, L. 1997. Linkage groups of
protein-coding genes in western Palearctic water frogs reveal
extensive evolutionary conservation. Genetics 147(1):255-270

Semlitsch, R. D., H. Hotz, G.-D. Guex. 1997. Competition among
tadpoles of coexisting hemiclones of hybridogenetic Rana
esculenta: support for the Frozen Niche Variation model.
Evolution 51(4): 1249-1261

Do you know other very recent literature.

Peter Beerli (beerli@scs.fsu.edu)