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Foot flagging behaviour in Kottigehara dancing Frog

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Dancing frogs of the Western Ghats exhibit spectacular foot flagging behaviour to maintain their territory. Read Doris et al 2013 Click here
In this video clip, Kottigehara dancing frog does a foot flagging along with advertisement calls. This is one among 24 species of dancing frogs known from the Western Ghats.

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During amplexus, female carries male on her back and moves to shallow part of streams. Here she puts enormous energy and power to make a cavity in the stream-bed using her hindlimbs.

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After release eggs inside the cavity, female dances over egg clutch and covers them with pebbles and small stones. To know more about this behaviour, read: Gururaja KV. 2010. Novel reproductive mode in a torrent frog Micrixalus saxicola (Jerdon) from the Western Ghats, India. Zootaxa, 2642:45-52.

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Kumbara Night Frog

Mud packing frog

Courtship behaviour in Kumbara Night Frog:
After initial contact with female, male keeps calling. Female stands on hind limb and touch branches where oviposition occurs. She also positions herself for axillary amplexus.

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Mud packing frog

Amplexus and Oviposition in Kumbara Night Frog:
In an axillary amplexus position, few minutes prior to oviposition both male and female stands on their hindlimb. At the time of oviposition, female makes a hand stand along with male. Male gets separated from female in a fraction of second before ovipositioin and watches oviposition.

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Mudcovering of eggs in Kumbara Night Frog:
After the oviposition, male moves to oviposition site and covers egg clutch with mud from stream.

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