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Boston University Researchers Find Neotropical Treefrog That Can Choose to Lay Eggs in Water or on Land
May 21, 2008
When frogs reproduce, like all vertebrates, they either lay their eggs in water or on land--with one exception, according to new research by a team of Boston University scientists who discovered a treefrog (Dendropsophus ebraccatus) in Panama that reproduces both ways. The neotropical frog makes a behavioral decision to lay egg masses aquatically in a pond or terrestrially on the overhanging plants above a pond, where the newly-hatched tadpoles simply fall into the water.
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