New fanged frog ‘gives birth to tadpoles’

Jan 4, 2015

By Jonathan Webb

For the first time, frogs have been seen giving birth to tadpoles.

Most frogs lay eggs and although some species give birth to froglets, newborn tadpoles are new to science.

This species of fanged frog lives on Sulawesi Island in Indonesia, and zoologists had chased it for decades because they suspected it would show this unique behaviour.

An international team has now described it for the first time, in a study published in the journal Plos One.

Dr Jim McGuire from the University of California, Berkeley, actually thought he was holding a male frog the first time he witnessed a birth.

In fact, he had in his hands a pregnant female and, suddenly, a clutch of brand new tadpoles.

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