Monday, February 24, 2014

Weird Purple Frog Seduces Females From Underground


by Mary Bates
Meet the Indian purple frog (Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensis), also known as the pig-nosed frog. Only formally discovered in 2003, the colorful amphibian is an endangered species native to the mountains of India’s Western Ghats.
With a chubby, purple body and pointed, piglike snout, it’s unlike any other frog on Earth. Some of the purple frog’s unusual looks are adaptations for its burrowing lifestyle: The animal spends most of the year underground, using its short, stout limbs like spades to dig as far as 12 feet (3.7 m) below ground. (See pictures of more frogs found in western India, including the meowing night frog.)
When the frogs emerge for a brief period during the monsoon season to mate, the males call out to attract females—not exactly unusual among frogs…
(read more: National Geo)
photograph: SD Biju, University of Delhi

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