Oophaga pumilio are well known for their vivid and variable coloration. But did you know that they have extremely sophisticated mating behaviors that select for certain colors? In this week's episode I am joined by researcher, Yusan Yang and we discuss her work studying mate selection in wild oophaga pumilio. We talk about mating both male and female behaviors associated with color selection, and how pumilo tadpoles can actually imprint on their mothers. We also discuss one of Yusan's research projects that was featured in the Netflix documentary "Life in Color," narrated by David Attenborough.
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To find out more about Yusan and her research visit: https://biology.wustl.edu/people/yusan-yang and be sure to check out her featured segment in Life in Color on Netflix https://www.outsideonline.com/culture/books-media/life-in-color-david-attenborough-behind-the-scenes/