One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A European toad, the male of which has a distinctive piping call in spring and carries the developing eggs wrapped around his hind legs.
Alytes obstetricans, family Discoglossidae
- ‘While a handful of amphibians have started to recover with reintroduction programs, such as the Mallorcan midwife toad, the prospects may be more dire for amphibians than for birds.’
- ‘After fertilizing eggs, the male of the European midwife toad pushes his legs into the string of eggs until they are wound around his waist and legs.’
- ‘A total of 794 species were considered at risk, including the Indian pygmy hog, the Mallorcan midwife toad and the golden-crowned sifaka of Madagascar.’
- ‘Mitogenic rays, the midwife toad, and the flatworms that acquired memories through cannibalism share a chapter.’
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