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Reproduction of chirixalus eiffingeri



Reproduction of chirixalus eiffingeri



Scientific Report of the Laboratory for Amphibian Biology Hiroshima University 8: 109-116



1. The reproduction of Chirixalus eiffingeri distributed on Ishigaki Island [Japan] was observed in the field as well as in the laboratory. 2. This species lays eggs in hollows of trees which contain a considerable amount of water. The eggs are mostly attached to the inner wall of a hollow above the water suface. The eggs seem to be moistened with the wet ventral surface of a male which climbs up at times from the water surface. 3. The tadpoles of Chirixalus eiffingeri feed on eggs of their own species alone. Eggs for food are laid by a female with stimulation from tadpoles which poke the skin surrounding the cloaca of the female with their mouths open at the anterior end of the head. 4. In the tadpoles, the tooth-rows are remarkably underdeveloped, the digestive tract is very short, and the stomach is sack in shape and usually expanded largely with swallowed eggs.

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