Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Built in "Deet"

These Amazonian frogs have chemicals in their skin that serve as ant repellant! The way they do it is actually really cool, because they imitate the ants' own chemical signals, "blending in" with the ants. This way, the ants will pass by Lithodytes Lineatus but attack any other frog or insect in their way. The two species coexist and have a symbiotic relationship, specifically commensalism, because the frog benefits from the higher humidity of the anthills for their eggs. In order to read more about the scientific study that suggests this use of chemicals in the skin to blend in with ants, read this paper: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00265-016-2223-y

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