New species of dancing frogs discovered
Fourteen new species of dancing frogs — so named because of the unique kicks they use to attract mates — have been found in the mountains of southern India.
The discovery brings the total number of known dancing frog species to 24.
Only the male frogs “dance,” which involves stretching and extending the legs in a breeding behavior known as foot-flagging.
By whipping their legs out, the frogs draw the attention of females that might not be able to hear their mating croaks over the sound of rushing water.
The frogs also use their leg extensions to smack away other males. For every one female dancing frog, there are about 100 males, making the “dance” that much more important.