Santa Marta harlequin toad: Male clings to female for 5 months waiting for chance to mate

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



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11 April 2022

Santa Marta harlequin toad

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

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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 …



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