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Family Leptodactylidae

There is surprsingly little information available on this diverse family. Amphibiaweb lists 206 species in 15 genera. The family is distributed through Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean and South America. It includes forest floor species, burrowing species and aboreal species. Several genera lay eggs in foam nests on the forest floor within which tadpoles develop, utilising their own yolk, before hatching as tiny frogs.

The family includes the massive smoky jungle frog Leptodactylus pentadactylus which is listed on Wikipedia as having a maximum snout-vent length of 18 cm (7.1 inches). I have handled a larger speciment than this on the Osa Peninsular but sadly do not have the proof to back this assertion up.


Leptodactylus guianensis

Leptodactylus guianensis

FROG 9713 Leptodactylus guianensis, Surama, Guyana

Leptodactylus guianensis

Frog 9736 Leptodactylus guianensis, dorsal view. Surama, Guyana.

Leptodactylus knudseni

Leptodactylus knudseni

FROG 9717 Leptodactylus knudseni, Surama, Guyana

Leptodactylus longirostris

Leptodactylus longirostris

FROG 9727 Leptodactylus longirostris, Surama, Guyana

Leptodactylus pentadactylus Smoky jungle frog

Leptodactylus pentadactylus Smokey jungle frog Osa Peninsular Costa Rica

FROG 5632 Leptodactylus pentadactylus Smoky jungle frog, Osa Peninsular Costa Rica

Leptodactylus pentadactylus Smoky jungle frog, La Selva, Costa Rica

FROG 4438 Leptodactylus pentadactylus Smoky jungle frog, La Selva, Costa Rica

Physalaemus pustulosus Tungara frog

Physalaemus pustulosus, Tungara frog

Physalaemus pustulosus Tungara frog, Caves Branch, Belize






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