The structure of the male proboscis in the New Guinean tree frogs, Litoria pronimia and Litoria havina (Anura : Hylidae)

James Menzies, Gregory Johnston

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    Abstract

    At least three species of New Guinean tree frogs (Litoria) are sexually dimorphic in that the snout of the male is projected into a proboscis, which is poorly developed or absent in females. In this paper the anatomy of the proboscis in the male Litoria pronimia is described and compared with the structure of the smaller proboscis of Litoria havina, described previously. We note that it appears to be erectile, speculate on the possible method of erection and suggest directions for future research.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)175-180
    Number of pages6
    JournalAustralian Journal of Zoology
    Volume63
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

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