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  Pelodytidae (see family information on Tree of Life site)

5 species in 1 genus

Parsley Frogs

A small family composed of one genus and three small species with bulging eyes; also known as “parsley frogs” (due to some of the members’ coloration resembling green parsley). This group may become diurnal during the breeding season. Pelodytidae was formerly contained within Pelobatidae, but differs from them in having: 1) fused astragalus and calcaneum (also in some centrolenids); 2) presence of a parahyoid bone in the hyoid apparatus (also in Rhinophrynus and paleobatrachids); 3) fused vertebrae I and II; 4) three tarsalia bones in foot. Recent molecular work shows this family as sister to the clade formed by Megophryidae and Pelobatidae.


Pelodytes caucasicus
Photo by D.N. Tarkhnishvili
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Genus Pelodytes (5 species)
Pelodytes atlanticus no AmphibiaWeb account no photos no sound/video
Pelodytes caucasicus AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Pelodytes hespericus no AmphibiaWeb account no photos no sound/video
Pelodytes ibericus AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Pelodytes punctatus AmphibiaWeb account 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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