Emei Music Frog
© 2015 Sandra Goutte (1 of 1)
Distribution and Habitat
April 2, 2018: Xue et al. (2018) recently revealed the brain regions in frogs that are responsible for allocating attention to important sounds. Animals encounter a wide variety of sounds in their environment but some sounds are more important and catch our attention more readily than others. In other animals (mammals, birds, and other tetrapods) the forebrain plays an important role in drawing attention to important sounds in the environment; however, amphibians have a far less developed forebrain. Xue et al. show the telencephalon may mediate attention to mating calls in frogs. In music frogs (Nidirana daunchina), males call from underground burrows to attract females and these calls are an important mating signal. Further, they found males and females differ in the neural connections responsible for sound attention, perhaps reflecting differences in mating strategies between the sexes. When male music frogs call, other males may prepare to respond/compete. Meanwhile, females dynamically assess and monitor many acoustic cues, perhaps enabling females to choose the best mate.
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First submitted 2000-08-09
Edited by Michelle Koo (2019-08-03)
Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2019 Nidirana daunchina: Emei Music Frog <http://amphibiaweb.org/species/5019> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Jul 8, 2020.
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