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Blast from the past: 140 years later, strange tree frog rediscovered in India (LOL)

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Last sighted in 1870, Jerdon’s tree frog was thought to be long gone. But a three-year-old mission beginning in 2007 not only found the amphibian alive and well in India, new research also discovered that it belongs to a completely new genus of tree frog.

Jerdon’s tree frog, also known as Frankixalus jerdonii, has a few unique quirks. The first is how the frog feeds its young. According to National Geographic, a female frog starts the process by laying her fertilized eggs in watery tree hollows. It isn’t until the eggs hatch into tadpoles that things get weird.

Most tadpoles feed on plant material. However, The Verge reported that a female Jerdon’s tree frog will return to her tadpoles and feed her young unfertilized eggs. The biologist who led the expedition, Sathyabhama Das Biju, told National Geographic that “It is very clear that [the tadpoles] are feeding purely on their mother’s eggs.”

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https://www.rt.com/news/329753-frog-india-eggs-tadpoles/

What a strange looking little thing. Wonder where it's been hiding all this time. 

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