Female foam nest tree frog

Female foam nest tree frog

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Credit: DR MORLEY READ/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Female foam nest tree frog Rachophorus leucomystax laying her eggs. When the female lays her eggs she secretes albumen to make a foam nest. The albumen is whisked into a froth by the action of the hindlegs. The nest is positioned overhanging a pond. The outside of the foam forms a crust while the inside remains sufficiently liquid to allow the eggs to float in it. When the crust ruptures the eggs or tadpoles drop into the water & continue to develop. This tree frog is found in South East Asia.

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Keywords: amphibian, animal, asia, egg laying, foam nest, foam nest tree, frog, frogs, nature, rachophorus leucomystax, tree frog, type, wildlife, zoology

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