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Toe drumming in galacs


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Posted by Slaytonp on April 25, 2003 at 11:35:46:

My pumpkin galacs drum a middle hind toe while stalking flies. Is this some sort of communication or just excitment? I feed in two separate sections of their paludarium-- divided by a lagoon they have to cross via high branches. When the first frog begins to drum and feed, the others show up from the opposite side, even though there are flies in both sections. This may suggest some kind of communication.

This also happened when one inadvertently caught a new born platy fry out of the aquarium section. They will occasionally fish out fruit flies that fall in the aquarium and this tiny new fry was on top of a partly submerged leaf. I never witnessed another fish catch, but they all came over to watch the fry swim around from the bank, making occasional gestures toward them. I was reminded of this when a new batch of tiny platys showed up this morning and all of the frogs were watching them and drumming.

I haven't seen the auratus drum, nor the imitators, which seem to show excitment by chin trembling as if they were about to call. Does anyone know anything about this phenomenon?
Patty





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