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Indian Dancing Frog TADPOLES live UNDERGROUND

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Published on Mar 30, 2016

Discovery of FIRST tadpoles of the LAST frog family for which tadpoles were unknown: These tadpoles are completely fossorial...they live under sand and gravel beds...their eel-like bodies permit movement under sand... skin cover protects their eyes.... and sand mixed with sediments in their guts provides nourishment. When metamorphosis is complete they emerge out of sand which served as their nursery and grow into adults that dance on rocks in streams to attract mates. For the first time, we have discovered the unique tadpoles of Indian Dancing frogs. Our findings are published in the journal PLoS One.

Title: Unearthing the fossorial tadpoles of the Indian Dancing Frog family Micrixalidae

Authors: G Senevirathne, S Garg, R Kerney, M Meegaskumbura, SD Biju

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