30 April 2011

The Vampire Tree Frog

The Vampire Tree Frog (Rhacophorus vampyrus) lives in the Bidoup-Nui Ba National Park, in Vietnam. Its common name was coined after the tadpoles, which have a pair of hooks on the lower lips which project away from the mouth. Scientists speculate that these fang-like projections may be used for hunting or to feed onto unfertilised eggs provided as extra food source to the larvae. The original description provides more info on this rare foam-nest species.

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