Monday, December 9, 2013 - Amanda Lea explains mate choice in Tungara frogs.


University of Texas at Austin Graduate Student Amanda Lea explains all about female mate choice in Tungara frogs.  Frogs convey information about themselves to their potential mates by their characteristic calls. Working at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Amanda has done work in forests of Panama and in phonotaxis chambers.  We can now directly learn the preferences of frogs by playing back recorded sounds and watching their movements.  Amanda entertains us by replicating the characteristic "Tuunn-gara" calls.  The decoy effect is all around us!

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