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Leptopelis vermiculatus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Suborder: Neobatrachia
Family: Arthroleptidae
Mivart, 1869

The Arthroleptidae is a family of frogs found in sub-Saharan Africa. They are 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.[1]

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 these genera:

Subfamilies Species Common name Scientific name
Mivart, 1869
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
Laurent, 1972
51 Forest tree frogs Leptopelis Günther, 1859

References[change | change source]

  1. Zweifel, Robert G. (1998). Cogger H.G. & Zweifel R.G., ed. Encyclopedia of Reptiles and Amphibians. San Diego: Academic Press. p. 101. ISBN 0-12-178560-2.