Male Frogs Observed Extracting Oocytes from Dead Females

Feb 27, 2013
The Reptile Report
by Editor in Chief

The Reptile Report - Scientists have discovered that the tiny Central Amazonian frog Rhinella proboscidea has developed an effective, if unsavoury, way of making the most out explosive breeding despite its inherent dangers. Writing in a recent issue of the Journal of Natural History, Brazilian researchers have observed the frog indulging in what they call a ‘functional necrophilia strategy’. In other words, males of the species have been observed extracting oocytes from the abdomens of unfortunate females killed in mating struggles, and then fertilizing them.

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