Scientists find novel fanged frog which gives birth to tadpoles

January 1, 2015 5:09 PM

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On the Indonesian Island of Sulaweski, scientists have found a unique species of fanged frog which actually gives birth to tadpoles. This behavior is unusual as frogs normally reproduce via external fertilization, and while some frogs have been found to give birth to froglets, none have previously been found to give birth to tadpoles.

The fanged frogs are so called because of bony protrusions and belong to the Limnonectes family. The researchers named the new species Limnonectes larvaepartus, and have detailed their findings in a study published in PLOS One.

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