Froggy Style: New Sex Position Discovered Among Frogs and Toads

June 14, 2016 - Believe it or not, among the nearly 7,000 species of frogs and toads worldwide, just six mating positions were known. But now scientists have discovered a new position, unique to the Bombay night frog. And while males in most species usually release sperm and females simultaneously lay their eggs during amplexus, the Bombay night frog has no contact between the sexes during egg laying and fertilization. The species, which lives in the Western Ghats mountain range in India, is also unique in that females will call during breeding season, a behavior only known in 25 frog species.

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Video footage courtesy SD Biju
Illustrations adapted from Duellman and Trueb, 1986
Associate Producer: Jed Winer
Source: Bert Willaert et al., PeerJ, 2016
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