Researchers discover Asian fanged frog that don’t lay eggs but gives birth to tadpoles

January 1, 2015 9:12 AM

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There are over 6,000 frog species in the world and almost all of them are known to spawn or lay eggs that later develop into tadpoles and them metamorphose into froglets – with a few exceptions of course – but researchers from the University of California in Berkeley have discovered a new species of Asian Fanged frog that gives birth to live tadpoles directly.

Known as Limnonectes larvaepartus and first discovered decades ago by an Indonesian researcher, Djoko Iskandar, researchers had never really seen this particular frog mate or spawn eggs firsthand. But Jim McGuire, a herpetologist from UC chanced upon this frog one night in the rainforests of Sulawes...

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