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RE: 3 x Re: flight stroke (pretty short)



David Marjanovic wrote:

> > Among modern vertebrates, "flying" frogs (_Rhacophorus_)
> > use gliding to get from trees to the ground -
>
>Isn't that parachuting instead?

Depends upon your definition.  The gliding membranes allow the frog to
increase the horizontal distance travelled through the air - one definition
of gliding.  However, the leap is essentially a retarded descent - otherwise
known as parachuting.

The longer 'flight path' appears to be largely due to the lateral skin flaps
attached to the torso rather than the webbing between the digits.




Tim