Female Gray Tree Frogs Like Males Who Can Multitask, New Study Says

By Philip Ross on August 18, 2013 1:18 PM EDT

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Female frogs prefer the mating calls of males who can multitask, a new study suggests. (Photo: Creative Commons)

A new study on frog behavior says female frogs prefer males who can multitask.

The Pentagon Post reports that a team of researchers from the University of Minnesota studied mate selection among gray tree frogs. They studied the recordings of over 1,000 male frog calls, and found that females preferred the calls of males that were longer and more frequent.

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"The study, published in the journal Animal Behavior, supports the multitasking hypothesis, according to which females prefer males that can manage many tasks at a time," The Pentagon Post notes.

And researcher Jessica Ward says there's a definite parallel to humans.

"It's easy to imagine that we humans might also prefer multitasking partners, such as someone who can successfully earn a good income, cook dinner, manage the finances and get the kids to soccer practice on time," Ward said.

The study was done in tandem with another study that looked at how female frogs are able to distinguish the call of a single male frog among many. The findings of the distinguishing call study may shed light on how to improve hearing aids for human adults with hearing loss.

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