July 15, 2013

Robot Frog Attracting Potential Mate

When choosing a potential mate, female túngara frogs listen to the sounds of the male calls, which are based on a pattern of “whines” and “chucks.” If visible, the sight of the male frogs inflating their vocal sacs adds to the appeal of the calls. In this video a female tungara frog approaches a robofrog inflating its vocal sac. The female can also hear recorded mating calls playing.

Credit: Michael Ryan, University of Texas at Austin

[ Read the Article: Robotic Frogs Turn Boring Mating Call Into A Serenade ]

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