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Egg-like mass

Observed: 15th February 2013 By: adenton
Egg-like mass
Description:

Several of these clumps of egg-like material found along a woodland track close to a lake and a stream. Has the appearance of very small frogspawn or fish roe. (The alder catkin on the bottom left of the photo gives an indication of the size of the clumps).

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

adenton's picture

Could this be

Could this be partially-formed frogspawn?

nightfly's picture

Another similar example of

Another similar example of frog ova on its own left by a predator is here-

http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/312356

Its part of the frogspawn alright but the reason it isnt in the familiar form is because it wasnt spawned by the frog, it was exposed to the elements and avoided by whatever ate the frog.

Cathal.

dejayM's picture

ugh!

That is disgusting!
See here though
http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/316960

dejayM's picture

Informative

Thanks for the excellent Spot and the informative notes - it's the unusual postings and these additional notes that make iSpot so compelling.
dj

nightfly's picture

What is the family name for

What is the family name for frog/toad, is it Anura? Maybe that would be a better ID, to be on the safe/accurate side.

Cathal.

dejayM's picture

debate

Those finding these comments valuable, might also find the debate here useful -
http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/317087

nightfly's picture

Just lookin at this photo

Just lookin at this photo again, there is little doubt it is frog ova and not toad. In the top left hand corner of the photo there is some frogspawn.

Cathal.