By the Numbers
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Amphibian Species By the Numbers

Anura
88%
7,705 species
Caudata
9%
816 species
Gymnophiona
3%
222 species
There are three orders of amphibians: Anura (frogs), Caudata (salamanders), and Gymnophiona (caecilians). The AmphibiaWeb database currently contains 8,743 amphibian species (May 22, 2024) , of which 7,705 are frogs and toads, 816 are newts and salamanders, and 222 are caecilians. New species are discovered every year, and the total number of species continues to grow. Since 1985 the total number of recognized species has increased by over 60%.

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A frog: Pelophylax lessonae | Pool Frog
© Maciej Bonk
A salamander: Bradytriton silus | Finca Chiblac Salamander
© Todd Pierson
A caecilian: Geotrypetes seraphini | Gaboon Caecilian
© Dante Fenolio