If it stays humid enough for the tads to live out of water, I would guess there is a good amount of algae/biofilm growing on the trees they're found on. Either way, it's pretty cool that they can survive latched to the side of a tree.The tad is feeding on something growing or living on the bark, right? You telling me the tad can chew tree bark? Not that frogs chew...but you know what I mean.
Sometimes the "scientific experts" need pointed in the right direction.
I'm sorry, but this statement just sounds ridiculous. It is the kind of thing The Discovery Channel says, and then goes, "WELL...while it initially appeared that the frogs were eating the wood..blah blah blah..."Hello and thanks for your comment. The tadpoles were observed to actually eat the wood...
I believe Frank is just relaying the research, I don't think they have published anything yet if so its not popping up on any of the journals. From one site Ben Tapley is mentioned as one of the researchers.Hi Frank,
What a cool find! Where was your study published? I'd love to read it! I forwarded the link to one of the researchers who works on wood-eating catfishes- he was stoked and I'm sure you'll be hearing from him.