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Anurans (frogs or toads) are commonly used by biologists as early indicators of ecological stress. The reason is that anurans are closely related to the ecosystem. Although several sources of data may be used for monitoring these animals, anuran calls lead to a non-intrusive data acquisition strategy. Moreover, wireless sensor networks (WSNs) may be used for such a task, resulting in more accurate and autonomous system. However, it is essential save resources to extend the network lifetime. In this paper, we evaluate the impact of reducing data dimension for automatic classification of bioacoustic signals when a WSN is involved. Such a reduction is achieved through a wrapper-based feature subset selection strategy that uses genetic algorithm (GA). We use GA to find the subset of features that maximizes the cost-benefit ratio. In addition, we evaluate the impact of reducing the original feature space, when sampling frequencies are also reduced. Experimental results indicate that we can reduce the number of features, while increasing classification rates (even when smaller sampling frequencies of transmission are used).