A recent study has challenged what we know, or thought we knew, about frog communication. Researchers were astonished to discover that the calls of male Emei Music Frogs, (Babina daunchina) inform females of such details as the length and width of the singer’s burrow.
Construction Skills Needed
Named for the males’ banjo-like calls (they really do sound like banjos, please check video below), the Emei Music Frog is native to marshy habitats in central and southwestern China. Females deposit their eggs in burrows constructed by the males, and the tadpoles develop there as well. The ability to construct a safe burrow is, therefore, an important consideration when females go “mate shopping”. You can see photos of the unique nests and egg masses of a related species, Japan’s Ryuku Brown Frog, here. Read More »