The Beauty of it All

Froglets

froglets

Natural Selection January 22

“A male Oreophryne frog in Papua, New Guinea, guards his clutch and two newly hatched froglets that rest atop the egg mass.

The next evolutionary step in mode of life history is the elimination of the larval stage, thereby completely severing the ties with the aquatic environment. Direct development of the egg, in which the larvae undergo their development within the egg membranes and emerge as tiny froglets.

Male frogs embrace their clutch each night to keep the eggs moist and protect them from predators such as insects.”

Sources: http://tinyurl.com/lhudgzp & http://tinyurl.com/k2hznry

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