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  Brevicipitidae

34 species in 5 genera

Previously considered as part of the Microhylidae, there is now strong support that the five genera comprising the monophyletic Brevicipitidae, following Frost et al. (2006), are part of a larger lineage of African frogs including the Hemisotidae, Hyperoliidae and Arthroleptidae. The Brevicipitids are restricted to the eastern and southern parts of sub-Saharan Africa, from Ethiopia south to Angola and South Africa. Some genera, such as Breviceps, exhibit an extreme difference in male and female body sizes. Male frogs are so much smaller and have such short limbs relative to their volume that they are unable to amplex. Instead, they have an adhesive secretion from the skin that allows males and females to "stick" together during mating. Roughly spherical clutches of eggs are deposited in subterranean chambers. All five genera are believed to have direct development in which fully metamorphosed young hatch directly from eggs. Characters uniting this clade include (1) lack of ossified sphenethmoids; (2) an extremely short head; (3) direct development. (account by David Blackburn)
Breviceps fuscus
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Genus Balebreviceps (1 species)
Balebreviceps hillmani AmphibiaWeb account no photos no sound/video

Genus Breviceps (17 species)
Breviceps acutirostris no AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Breviceps adspersus AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Breviceps bagginsi AmphibiaWeb account no photos no sound/video
Breviceps branchi no AmphibiaWeb account no photos no sound/video
Breviceps fichus no AmphibiaWeb account no photos no sound/video
Breviceps fuscus AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Breviceps gibbosus no AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Breviceps macrops AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Breviceps maculatus no AmphibiaWeb account no photos no sound/video
Breviceps montanus no AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Breviceps mossambicus no AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Breviceps namaquensis no AmphibiaWeb account no photos no sound/video
Breviceps poweri no AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Breviceps rosei no AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Breviceps sopranus no AmphibiaWeb account no photos no sound/video
Breviceps sylvestris no AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Breviceps verrucosus AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video

Genus Callulina (9 species)
Callulina dawida no AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Callulina hanseni no AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Callulina kanga no AmphibiaWeb account no photos no sound/video
Callulina kisiwamsitu no AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Callulina kreffti no AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Callulina laphami AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Callulina meteora no AmphibiaWeb account no photos no sound/video
Callulina shengena no AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Callulina stanleyi no AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video

Genus Probreviceps (6 species)
Probreviceps durirostris no AmphibiaWeb account no photos no sound/video
Probreviceps loveridgei no AmphibiaWeb account no photos no sound/video
Probreviceps macrodactylus no AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Probreviceps rhodesianus no AmphibiaWeb account no photos no sound/video
Probreviceps rungwensis no AmphibiaWeb account no photos no sound/video
Probreviceps uluguruensis no AmphibiaWeb account no photos no sound/video

Genus Spelaeophryne (1 species)
Spelaeophryne methneri no AmphibiaWeb account no photos no sound/video


Citation: AmphibiaWeb: Information on amphibian biology and conservation. [web application]. 2016. Berkeley, California: AmphibiaWeb. Available: http://amphibiaweb.org/. (Accessed: 2016).

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