Arthroleptidae is a family of frogs found in Sub-Saharan Africa. They are also known as squeakers because of their high-pitched call. They are small, less than 4 centimetres (1.6 in) in length. They live on land mostly in leaf litter on the forest floor. They do not have tadpoles. They lay their eggs on the ground. Some species hatch already completely metamorphosed into the adult form, others still have tails when they hatch.
Taxonomy[change | change source]
Arthroleptidae is separated into two sub-families: Arthroleptinae and Leptopelinae. Some think these are separate families.
The two sub-families have the following genera:
|Common name||Scientific name|
|37||Screeching Frogs||Arthroleptis Smith, 1849|
|11||Night Frogs||Astylosternus Werner, 1898|
|15||Long-Fingered Frogs||Cardioglossa Boulenger, 1900|
|15||Egg Frogs||Leptodactylodon Andersson, 1903|
|1||Southern Night Frog||Nyctibates Boulenger, 1904|
|1||Gaboon Forest Frog||Scotobleps Boulenger, 1900|
|1||Hairy Frog||Trichobatrachus Boulenger, 1900|
|51||Forest Treefrogs||Leptopelis Günther, 1859|
References[change | change source]
- Zweifel, Robert G. (1998). Cogger, H.G. & Zweifel, R.G.. ed. Encyclopedia of Reptiles and Amphibians. San Diego: Academic Press. p. 101. .