• Tue. Dec 6th, 2022

mccoy.ventures

All content has been processed with publicly available content spinners. Not for human consumption.

Male toad clings to female for 5 months waiting for chance to mate

A tracking study suggests males of one species of toad are prepared to go without food for several months for an opportunity to reproduce

Life 11 April 2022

Santa Marta harlequin toad

The Santa Marta harlequin toad (Atelopus laetissimus) in Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia

Cyril Ruoso/Minden Pictures/Alamy

A species of endangered toad endemic to Colombia’s Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains is clinging on for dear life. The tiny Santa Marta harlequin toad (Atelopus laetissimus), which is just 4 centimetres long, can cling to the back of a female for five months without feeding until the pair are ready to mate.

The grasping behaviour, which is known as “amplexus”, is seen in many other animal species – but rarely continues for such a long period of time, says …