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Temporal range: Late Jurassic to Recent[1]
Alytes obstetricans
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Amphibia
Subclass: Lissamphibia
Superorder: Batrachia
Order: Anura
Suborder: Archaeobatrachia
Family: Discoglossidae
Günther, 1859

Genus Alytes
Genus Discoglossus

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Distribution of Discoglossidae (in black)

Discoglossidae is a family of frogs. They are commonly known as the Disc-Tongued Frogs.[2] They live in Europe but some species have been found in Northeastern Africa. An extinct species of the Discoglossidae family used to live in Israel.

The family has two genus. They include the Alytes and Discoglossus. The Discoglossus frogs looks very alike to toads and can be found on land. The Alytes are more smoother and look more like frogs. They are seen in the water.[3] All of the species of the Discoglossidae will lay their eggs in ponds and will turn into tadpoles.

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The genus Bombina and Barbourula also used to be under this family but have now been moved to the Bombinatoridae family,

Family Discoglossidae

References[change | change source]

  1. Foster, J. (2007). "Enneabatrachus hechti" Jurassic West: The Dinosaurs of the Morrison Formation and Their World. Indiana University Press. p. 137.
  2. Amphibian Species of the World uses the name Alytidae for this family in its fifth edition.
  3. Zweifel, Richard G. (1998). Cogger, H.G. & Zweifel, R.G., ed. Encyclopedia of Reptiles and Amphibians. San Diego: Academic Press. pp. 85–86. ISBN 0-12-178560-2. 

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