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A cluster of eggs with tadpoles seen in their developing stage! One of the most astonishing sights is to find these eggs deposited sometimes on branches, leaves or rocks above a stream. I spotted this one on a low hanging leaf. The male chooses a suitable location for the deposit. It is also observed that both parents remain close to the clutch, often straddling it, presumably preventing the eggs from becoming dehydrated and preventing predators from eating them. When the tadpoles emerge from the gelatinous coating of the eggs, they fall into the water below, where they continue their development.
Seen at Amboli which is located in the northern Western Ghats of India.
Spotted on Jul 20, 2017
Submitted on May 20, 2019
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