Cannibalistic African clawed frog eats tadpoles of its relatives

By | December 23, 2018
African clawed frog

Tadpoles beware

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AFRICAN clawed frogs are cannibals. They will willingly eat their own tadpoles – but they like eating those of an endangered South African frog even more.

Biologists are already familiar with the fact that African clawed frogs (pictured above) will eat their own young. But John Measey at Stellenbosch University in South Africa and his colleagues wanted to know whether other tadpoles were on the frog’s menu. They were particularly concerned about the fate of tadpoles belonging to the Cape platanna, an endangered species that lives in ponds around Cape Town.

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