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February 18, 2013

Squee indeed! You must watch this.

Why Evolution Is True

From Tastefully Offensive via Matthew Cobb, we have a video of the Namaqua Rain Frog (Breviceps namaquensis). If you don’t think frogs can induce squee, think again. It’s not only unbearably cute, but makes adorable squeaking sounds.

The inflation of the body, shown above and below, is a defense mechanism, as is the squeaking.

B. namaquensis is from South Africa, locally abundant, and, thankfully, not threatened. The one in the video above is covered with sand, so here are two pictures of its normal appearance:

They are fossorial (i.e., live underground) and the color pattern is, as you see, variable. They are not associated with water, and so the frog doesn’t produce tadpoles: the babies are produced by “direct development” in the adult.

Is this a case of convergent evolution involving felids and anurans?

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  1. Michelle permalink
    February 20, 2013 1:13 pm

    Sounds like a kitten! My dogs were entranced!

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