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Telmatobiidae

63 species in 1 genus

Commonly Called Water Frogs


Telmatobius ventriflavum
Photo by Alessandro Catenazzi
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Formerly a subfamily of Ceratophryidae, molecular evidence supports a monotypic family of medium to large, flattened frogs. Many of the species have loose skin, which hangs in folds, especially in the aquatic species allowing greater surface area for cutaneous respiration. The Lake Titicaca Frog, Telmatobius culeus, is well known for its prominent skin folds and is completely aquatic.

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Notable Family Characteristics

  • Medium to large snout-vent length, up to 140 mm
  • Many species are aquatic, some semi-terrestrial
  • Morphological characters include: flattened head; non-coossified skin on skull; recurved fang-like teeth on maxilla, premaxilla and vomer; cartilaginous sternum; knobbed terminal phalanges
  • Axillary amplexus
  • Distribution limited to South America, mainly the Andean region
Telmatobiidae Richness map

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

Relevant Reference

Pyron, R. A., and J. J. Wiens. 2011. A large-scale phylogeny of Amphibia including over 2800 species, and a revised classification of advanced frogs, salamanders, and caecilians. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 61: 543–583.

Vitt, L. J., and J. P. Caldwell. 2013. Herpetology. An Introductory Biology of Amphibians and Reptiles. Fourth Edition. Amsterdam: Elsevier.

Genus Telmatobius (63 species)
Telmatobius arequipensis no account no photos no sound/video
Telmatobius atacamensis no account no photos no sound/video
Telmatobius atahualpai account photos no sound/video
Telmatobius bolivianus no account no photos no sound/video
Telmatobius brachydactylus no account no photos no sound/video
Telmatobius brevipes no account no photos no sound/video
Telmatobius brevirostris no account no photos no sound/video
Telmatobius carrillae no account no photos no sound/video
Telmatobius ceiorum no account no photos no sound/video
Telmatobius chusmisensis no account no photos no sound/video
Telmatobius cirrhacelis account photos no sound/video
Telmatobius colanensis account no photos no sound/video
Telmatobius contrerasi no account no photos no sound/video
Telmatobius culeus account photos no sound/video
Telmatobius dankoi no account no photos no sound/video
Telmatobius degener account no photos no sound/video
Telmatobius edaphonastes no account photos no sound/video
Telmatobius espadai no account no photos no sound/video
Telmatobius fronteriensis no account no photos no sound/video
Telmatobius gigas account photos no sound/video
Telmatobius halli no account no photos no sound/video
Telmatobius hauthali no account no photos no sound/video
Telmatobius hintoni no account photos no sound/video
Telmatobius hockingi no account no photos no sound/video
Telmatobius huayra no account no photos no sound/video
Telmatobius hypselocephalus no account no photos no sound/video
Telmatobius ignavus no account no photos no sound/video
Telmatobius intermedius no account photos no sound/video
Telmatobius jelskii no account photos no sound/video
Telmatobius laevis no account no photos no sound/video
Telmatobius laticeps no account no photos no sound/video
Telmatobius latirostris no account no photos no sound/video
Telmatobius macrostomus no account no photos no sound/video
Telmatobius mantaro no account no photos no sound/video
Telmatobius marmoratus no account photos no sound/video
Telmatobius mayoloi no account no photos no sound/video
Telmatobius mendelsoni no account photos no sound/video
Telmatobius necopinus account photos no sound/video
Telmatobius niger no account no photos no sound/video
Telmatobius oxycephalus no account no photos no sound/video
Telmatobius pefauri no account no photos no sound/video
Telmatobius peruvianus no account no photos no sound/video
Telmatobius philippii no account no photos no sound/video
Telmatobius pinguiculus no account no photos no sound/video
Telmatobius pisanoi no account no photos no sound/video
Telmatobius platycephalus no account no photos no sound/video
Telmatobius punctatus no account no photos no sound/video
Telmatobius rimac no account no photos no sound/video
Telmatobius rubigo no account no photos no sound/video
Telmatobius sanborni no account no photos no sound/video
Telmatobius schreiteri no account no photos no sound/video
Telmatobius scrocchii no account no photos no sound/video
Telmatobius sibiricus no account photos no sound/video
Telmatobius simonsi no account photos no sound/video
Telmatobius stephani no account no photos no sound/video
Telmatobius thompsoni account no photos no sound/video
Telmatobius timens no account no photos no sound/video
Telmatobius truebae account no photos no sound/video
Telmatobius vellardi no account no photos no sound/video
Telmatobius ventriflavum account photos no sound/video
Telmatobius verrucosus no account photos no sound/video
Telmatobius vilamensis no account no photos no sound/video
Telmatobius yuracare no account photos no sound/video


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