AmphibiaWeb - Odontobatrachidae


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5 species in 1 genus

Commonly Called Torrent-frogs

Odontobatrachus natator
Photo by Theodore Papenfuss
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These uniquely West African species were previously in the Petropedetidae (Petropedetes) until Barej et al. (2014) described their distinct molecular and morphological characteristics. Much natural history and biology is unknown about this group.

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Notable Family Characteristics

  • Tusk-like odontoids (fanglike structures) on the lower mandible as well as curved and pointed pre- and maxillary teeth
  • Indistinct tympanum, granular skin with ridges, extensive webbing,
  • Males with femoral glands, large pair of external vocal sacs, nuptial pads
  • Associated with streams or rapids
  • Distribution limited to West Africa, including Upper Guinean forests in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and western Ivory Coast
Odontobatrachidae Richness map

Cartography Credit: Zoe Yoo, UC Berkeley
Range maps sources: AmphibiaWeb, UC Berkeley, and IUCN RedList

Relevant Reference

Barej, M. F., A. Schmitz, R. Günther, S. P. Loader, K. Mahlow, and M.-O. Rödel. 2014. The first endemic West African vertebrate family – a new anuran family highlighting the uniqueness of the Upper Guinean biodiversity hotspot. Frontiers in Zoology 11(8): 1–27.

Genus Odontobatrachus (5 species)
Odontobatrachus arndti account no photos no sound/video
Odontobatrachus fouta no account no photos no sound/video
Odontobatrachus natator account photos no sound/video
Odontobatrachus smithi no account no photos no sound/video
Odontobatrachus ziama no account no photos no sound/video

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