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Monday, July 13, 2009

Amphibian Romance

Amphibians around the world synchronise their mating activity by the full Moon, researchers have discovered.

This global phenomenon has never been noticed before, but frogs, toads and newts all like to mate by moonlight.

The animals use the lunar cycle to co-ordinate their gatherings, ensuring that enough males and females come together at the same time.

In doing so the creatures maximise their spawning success and reduce their odds of being eaten.

link: BBC - Earth News - Amphibians mate under a full Moon


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