Philautus odontotarsus (serrate-legged tree frog) engages in a rare form of sexual behaviour when mating known as amplexus (Latin for ‘embrace’) that involves the female carrying the male on her back to a nearby mating ground while his front legs clasp her torso. Photo: Chinese Academy of Sciences

‘Bigger not always better’: Sino-US study explains mating success of ‘Mr Average’, at least among tree frogs

Does the mating behaviour known as amplexis explain female’s preference for smaller male partners, or is it more to do with not wanting to stand out from the crowd by producing offspring of an average size?

Topic |   China science

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Philautus odontotarsus (serrate-legged tree frog) engages in a rare form of sexual behaviour when mating known as amplexus (Latin for ‘embrace’) that involves the female carrying the male on her back to a nearby mating ground while his front legs clasp her torso. Photo: Chinese Academy of Sciences
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