Leg-waving communication in The Splendid Leaf Frog, Cruziohyla calcarifer

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Here is a short clip of communicative behaviour (vibration and leg-waving) in Cruziohyla calcarifer I thought might be interest. During work I did for my thesis in 2002 I described this unusual vibration and leg-waving behaviour in Leaf frogs for the very first time. I found that it was only carried out by the males, even while they are paired with females, suggesting that the behaviour is territorial rather than for mate attraction. I managed to catch this particular frog carrying out the display late one night whilst I studied it in captivity. This method of Visual communication in these leaf frogs has also since been witnessed in the wild. More Information see: frogblogmanchester.com

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