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4 species in 2 genera

This small family of frogs is comprised of 2 genera, Sechellophryne and Sooglossus. Members of this family are generalized small- to medium-sized frogs that are endemic to the Seychelles and most closely related to the family Nasikabatrachidae. These two families are some of the only members of Neobatrachia to display inguinal amplexus (a primitive form of amplexus). Sooglossids are secretive frogs that hide in leaf litter and rock crevices. Generally, they are not active on the surface except during rains. Each species has a distinctive call. Females of Sooglossus sechellensis and Sechellophryne gardineri display parental care. Both direct and larval development occur in this family. Sooglossids possess tarsal sesamoid bones.

Sechellophryne gardineri
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Genus Sechellophryne (2 species)
Sechellophryne gardineri AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Sechellophryne pipilodryas no AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video

Genus Sooglossus (2 species)
Sooglossus sechellensis AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Sooglossus thomasseti AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video

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