16th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Gliding treefrog explosive breeding event
In a remote pond in Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula, thousands of gliding treefrogs, Agalychnis spurrelli, gather to reproduce and lay their eggs. Males call and fight for females which can lay over 100 eggs per clutch. The embryos left behind are subject to desiccation, predation, and fungal infection, but they may adaptively hatch early in response to these threats.
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