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  Arthroleptidae (see family information on Tree of Life site)

152 species in 8 genera

Squeakers, Long-fingered Frogs, Night Frogs, Egg Frogs, Hairy Frogs, Gabonese Forest Frogs, African "Big-eyed" Treefrogs

These eight African genera were once considered part of the large Ranidae family, but have been shown recently to be sister to the Hyperoliidae (African Reed Frogs, Treefrogs, and Running Frogs). None of the Arthroleptidae are found on oceanic islands, with the single exception of Leptopelis palmatus which occurs on the island of Principe. Both the Arthroleptidae and Hyperoliidae are part of a larger radiation that is restricted to sub-Saharan Africa, which also includes the Hemisotidae and Brevicipitidae (the latter formerly included as a subfamily of the Microhylidae). Within the Arthroleptidae, subfamily taxonomy is still not fully resolved. Arthroleptids include frogs with a diverse range of morphology, ecology, body sizes, and life history. All of these genera can be found in forests, but Leptopelis and Arthroleptis can also be found in woodlands and moist grasslands. Members of some other genera are sometimes found in moist high-altitude grasslands. All genera have tadpoles, except Arthroleptis and possibly a few Leptopelis species which have direct development. Tadpoles inhabit streams but some Leptopelis can be found in small pools. Adults and tadpoles of Astylosternus, Trichobatrachus, and Leptodactylodon are eaten by local people. The Hairy Frog (Trichobatrachus robustus) is the most famous of the arthroleptid species, due to breeding males possessing highly vascularized and hair-like dermal extensions. These extensions are believed to aid in cutaneous respiration. (Account by David Blackburn, University of Kansas.)

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Genus Arthroleptis (49 species)
Arthroleptis adelphus no AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Arthroleptis adolfifriederici no AmphibiaWeb account no photos no sound/video
Arthroleptis affinis no AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Arthroleptis anotis no AmphibiaWeb account no photos no sound/video
Arthroleptis aureoli no AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Arthroleptis bioko no AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Arthroleptis bivittatus no AmphibiaWeb account no photos no sound/video
Arthroleptis brevipes no AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Arthroleptis carquejai no AmphibiaWeb account no photos no sound/video
Arthroleptis crusculum AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Arthroleptis discodactylus no AmphibiaWeb account no photos no sound/video
Arthroleptis fichika no AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Arthroleptis formosus no AmphibiaWeb account no photos no sound/video
Arthroleptis francei no AmphibiaWeb account no photos no sound/video
Arthroleptis hematogaster no AmphibiaWeb account no photos no sound/video
Arthroleptis kidogo no AmphibiaWeb account no photos no sound/video
Arthroleptis krokosua no AmphibiaWeb account no photos no sound/video
Arthroleptis kutogundua no AmphibiaWeb account no photos no sound/video
Arthroleptis lameerei no AmphibiaWeb account no photos no sound/video
Arthroleptis langeri AmphibiaWeb account no photos no sound/video
Arthroleptis lonnbergi no AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Arthroleptis loveridgei no AmphibiaWeb account no photos no sound/video
Arthroleptis mossoensis no AmphibiaWeb account no photos no sound/video
Arthroleptis nguruensis no AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Arthroleptis nikeae no AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Arthroleptis nimbaensis no AmphibiaWeb account no photos no sound/video
Arthroleptis nlonakoensis AmphibiaWeb account no photos no sound/video
Arthroleptis palava AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Arthroleptis perreti no AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Arthroleptis phrynoides no AmphibiaWeb account no photos no sound/video
Arthroleptis poecilonotus AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Arthroleptis pyrrhoscelis AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Arthroleptis reichei no AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Arthroleptis schubotzi no AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Arthroleptis spinalis no AmphibiaWeb account no photos no sound/video
Arthroleptis stenodactylus AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Arthroleptis stridens no AmphibiaWeb account no photos no sound/video
Arthroleptis sylvaticus no AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Arthroleptis taeniatus no AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Arthroleptis tanneri no AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Arthroleptis troglodytes no AmphibiaWeb account no photos no sound/video
Arthroleptis tuberosus no AmphibiaWeb account no photos no sound/video
Arthroleptis variabilis no AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Arthroleptis vercammeni no AmphibiaWeb account no photos no sound/video
Arthroleptis wahlbergii no AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Arthroleptis xenochirus no AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Arthroleptis xenodactyloides no AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Arthroleptis xenodactylus no AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Arthroleptis zimmeri no AmphibiaWeb account no photos no sound/video

Genus Astylosternus (12 species)
Astylosternus batesi no AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Astylosternus diadematus no AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Astylosternus fallax no AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Astylosternus laticephalus no AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Astylosternus laurenti no AmphibiaWeb account no photos no sound/video
Astylosternus montanus no AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Astylosternus nganhanus no AmphibiaWeb account no photos no sound/video
Astylosternus occidentalis no AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Astylosternus perreti no AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Astylosternus ranoides no AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Astylosternus rheophilus no AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Astylosternus schioetzi no AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video

Genus Cardioglossa (19 species)
Cardioglossa alsco no AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Cardioglossa annulata AmphibiaWeb account no photos no sound/video
Cardioglossa congolia AmphibiaWeb account no photos no sound/video
Cardioglossa cyaneospila no AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Cardioglossa elegans no AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Cardioglossa escalerae no AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Cardioglossa gracilis no AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Cardioglossa gratiosa no AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Cardioglossa inornata no AmphibiaWeb account no photos no sound/video
Cardioglossa leucomystax no AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Cardioglossa manengouba no AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Cardioglossa melanogaster no AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Cardioglossa nigromaculata no AmphibiaWeb account no photos no sound/video
Cardioglossa occidentalis AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Cardioglossa oreas no AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Cardioglossa pulchra no AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Cardioglossa schioetzi no AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Cardioglossa trifasciata no AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Cardioglossa venusta no AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video

Genus Leptodactylodon (15 species)
Leptodactylodon albiventris no AmphibiaWeb account no photos no sound/video
Leptodactylodon axillaris no AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Leptodactylodon bicolor no AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Leptodactylodon blanci no AmphibiaWeb account no photos no sound/video
Leptodactylodon boulengeri no AmphibiaWeb account no photos no sound/video
Leptodactylodon bueanus no AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Leptodactylodon erythrogaster no AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Leptodactylodon mertensi no AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Leptodactylodon ornatus no AmphibiaWeb account no photos no sound/video
Leptodactylodon ovatus no AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Leptodactylodon perreti no AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Leptodactylodon polyacanthus no AmphibiaWeb account no photos no sound/video
Leptodactylodon stevarti no AmphibiaWeb account no photos no sound/video
Leptodactylodon ventrimarmoratus no AmphibiaWeb account no photos no sound/video
Leptodactylodon wildi no AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video

Genus Leptopelis (54 species)
Leptopelis anchietae AmphibiaWeb account no photos no sound/video
Leptopelis anebos no AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Leptopelis argenteus AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Leptopelis aubryi AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Leptopelis aubryioides AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Leptopelis bequaerti no AmphibiaWeb account no photos no sound/video
Leptopelis bocagii AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Leptopelis boulengeri AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Leptopelis brevipes no AmphibiaWeb account no photos no sound/video
Leptopelis brevirostris AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Leptopelis broadleyi AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Leptopelis bufonides AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Leptopelis calcaratus AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Leptopelis christyi AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Leptopelis concolor AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Leptopelis crystallinoron AmphibiaWeb account no photos no sound/video
Leptopelis cynnamomeus AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Leptopelis fenestratus AmphibiaWeb account no photos no sound/video
Leptopelis fiziensis AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Leptopelis flavomaculatus AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Leptopelis gramineus AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Leptopelis grandiceps AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Leptopelis jordani no AmphibiaWeb account no photos no sound/video
Leptopelis karissimbensis AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Leptopelis kivuensis AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Leptopelis lebeaui no AmphibiaWeb account no photos no sound/video
Leptopelis mackayi AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Leptopelis macrotis AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Leptopelis marginatus no AmphibiaWeb account no photos no sound/video
Leptopelis millsoni AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Leptopelis modestus AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Leptopelis mossambicus AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Leptopelis mtoewaate no AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Leptopelis natalensis AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Leptopelis nordequatorialis AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Leptopelis notatus AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Leptopelis occidentalis AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Leptopelis ocellatus AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Leptopelis oryi AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Leptopelis palmatus AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Leptopelis parbocagii AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Leptopelis parkeri AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Leptopelis parvus AmphibiaWeb account no photos no sound/video
Leptopelis ragazzii AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Leptopelis rufus AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Leptopelis spiritusnoctis AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Leptopelis susanae AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Leptopelis uluguruensis AmphibiaWeb account photos sound/video
Leptopelis vannutellii AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Leptopelis vermiculatus AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Leptopelis viridis AmphibiaWeb account photos sound/video
Leptopelis xenodactylus AmphibiaWeb account no photos no sound/video
Leptopelis yaldeni AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video
Leptopelis zebra AmphibiaWeb account no photos no sound/video

Genus Nyctibates (1 species)
Nyctibates corrugatus no AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video

Genus Scotobleps (1 species)
Scotobleps gabonicus no AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video

Genus Trichobatrachus (1 species)
Trichobatrachus robustus AmphibiaWeb account photos no sound/video


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