African clawed frog


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African clawed frog

n.
A medium-sized frog (Xenopus laevis) native to sub-Saharan Africa, having claws on the three hind inner toes, a mottled olive or brown body, and no tongue or eyelids. It is widely used for biological research and is also kept as a pet.
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Noun1.African clawed frog - a tongueless frog native to AfricaAfrican clawed frog - a tongueless frog native to Africa; established in the United States as result of release of laboratory and aquarium animals
tongueless frog - almost completely aquatic frog native to Africa and Panama and northern South America
genus Xenopus, Xenopus - an African clawed frog; in some classifications made the type genus of a separate family Xenopodidae
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The African clawed frog was released locally in the 1950s after it was used in laboratories for experiments on drugs, such as birth control.
In Hayes' study, African clawed frog tadpoles exposed to levels of atrazine commonly found in the environment were demasculinized and turned into hermaphrodites--creatures with both male and female genitalia.
Andres Collazo at the House Ear Institute, Los Angeles, and his team selected the African clawed frog Xenopus laevis and the zebrafish Danio rerio for their study because during embryonic stages of development, the hearing and balance organs of both the species greatly resemble those of humans.
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For a fact sheet on the African clawed frog, visit: http://nationalzoo.
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