We can not say that the air element is widely embraced class amphibious animals (amphibians).
Aeronaut of numbers frogs are not so much.
Today, only members of the family copepods frogs can be seen in the airspace of the planet Earth.
Rhacophoridae - who are they?
Of course, to say that the frogs have masteredairspace, too early. The so-called copepods of the family of amphibians - the only more or less flying frog. They soar above the tree crowns, but not cease to be amazing creatures.
If the emphasis consider copepods frogssitting on the branch of a tree, then guess what they are about to take off, it will be difficult. After all, usually in flying animals have wings or special bodies that replace them. At flying frogs do not have anything like that, but they did fly.
Copepods frogs can be calledplaneristkami! Before making the flight, they were originally inflate its body, is widely pushing the fingers and stretch swimming membranes, transformed in this family of amphibians in the aircraft. Then-aeronauts frog leap forward, placing your foot so that without a shadow of a doubt turn into a single plane.
It is worth noting that the structure of this"Aircraft" copepods frogs is quite mediocre. For example, flying leopard frogs that live on the islands of the Malay Archipelago, are fairly easy to overcome the distance equal to 3/5 of the heights from which they spring.
For example, chernolapaya frog, which lives onwith leopard neighborhood (also in Thailand and Laos), jumping from a height of 10 m, 14 m flying. It is worth noting Javanese flying frog. It is, of course, less talented than "chernolapka", but still able to overcome the distance of 10-12 m.
Lifestyle flying frogs
The vast majority of individuals in the familycopepods frogs are mostly arboreal. It flies mostly representatives of the flying frogs. The fact that the fingers on their long legs are interconnected by special membranes. The tips of the fingers - inflated.
These swellings are needed to frogIt could be held firmly on a particular tree trunk. When she sits down, for example, on a smooth sheet, the blisters on your fingers flattened, becoming a special suction cup, which held an amphibian on tree branches during the holidays.
Where do they live?
The family of frogs is a fairly copepodsextensive and includes more than 400 different species. Traditional habitat of these aeronauts-glider - tropical areas of Southeast Asia, Japan, Central and South America (including Madagascar), the islands of the Pacific and Indian Oceans.