Colour change a bum­mer for frogs

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MALE frogs change colour dur­ing mat­ing melees so they don’t get ac­ci­den­tally BUMMED by other daddy frogs, re­searchers have found.

Sci­en­tists at the Smith­so­nian In­sti­tute in the United States and a sep­a­rate team in Australia teamed up after they dis­cov­ered they were both look­ing into the same phe­nom­e­non of frogs chang­ing colour dur­ing mass- mat­ing events.

And after team­ing up, they came up with the the­ory.

Ex­plain­ing their rea­son­ing, Rayna Bell, a re­search zo­ol­o­gist at the Smith­so­nian In­sti­tute, said: “It gets a lit­tle chaotic.

“It’s fas­ci­nat­ing for us to have a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of how colour works. It’s show­ing us that frogs prob­a­bly have more com­pli­cated com­mu­ni­ca­tion chan­nels.”

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