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The mating position of frogs and toads, in which the male clasps the female about the back.
- ‘As a female enters a spawning area, several males engage in amplexus with the female; in this way eggs and sperm are broadcast over the substrate.’
- ‘Females choose mates without interference from males, which rarely exhibit satellite behavior, do not search actively for females, and do not displace other males from amplexus.’
- ‘Once this headlock - the scientific term is amplexus - has been achieved, the two can be disentangled only by force.’
- ‘Of these, most resulted from a female initiating amplexus with a calling male.’
- ‘Axillary amplexus typically results in long strings of eggs being laid in ponds or streams, which hatch into type IV tadpoles.’
1930s: from Latin, ‘an embrace’.
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