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Endemic to the Western Ghats of India, Malabar Gliding Frogs have brilliant webbing between their toes which enable them to leap and cover distances. Saw this pair with the male grabbing the female behind her armpits in an embrace known as axillary amplexus. During the amplexus males hold onto a selected place for building a foam nest and beat their legs to form foam in which the eggs are laid and then covered with seminal fluid. The foam nest is usually built above a waterbody so that as soon as the eggs hatch and turn into tadpoles, they can drop into the water.
Rainforest and Evergreen forest of Agumbe which is a part of the Western Ghats. A whopping 87% of all Western Ghat frogs are endemic and found nowhere else in the world. It is also recognized as one of the world’s eight hottest hotspots' of biological diversity, inscribed in the UNESCO World Natural Heritage sites list in July 2012
The males hold on to the female for as long as they can, sometimes continue to do so even during the day when they roost. However, the competition is tough for the males to mate and there are times when a group of males are seen fighting and foaming for a single female.