Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Brazil
This species was featured as News of the Week on 14 December 2020:
Animals have many mating systems ranging from polygamy of one or both sexes to monogamy. Until recently polygyny, involving a male with several females with mate fidelity, had not been observed in amphibians. New observations from de Sá et al. (2020) change that with their description of how Thoropa taophora males guard rare breeding sites in rock seeps over an extended period of time where they exclusively breed multiple times with two or more females. Adding to the complexity of this breeding system, females appear to display a hierarchy with the dominant female mating more often and laying more eggs in the breeding site. The authors hypothesize that the same causes of polygyny in other systems, the severe limiting of breeding sites and intense intrasexual competition for mates, accounts for the development of this mating system in Thoropa taophora (Written by Ann T. Chang)
Edited by: Michelle S. Koo (2021-08-20)
Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2021 Thoropa taophora <https://amphibiaweb.org/species/7305> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Dec 4, 2022.
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Citation: AmphibiaWeb. 2022. <https://amphibiaweb.org> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed 4 Dec 2022.
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