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Leptodactylidae Werner, 1896 (1838)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Leptodactylidae
201 species

Cystignathi Tschudi, 1838, Classif. Batr.: 26, 78. Type genus: Cystignathus Wagler, 1830.

Leiuperina Bonaparte, 1850, Conspect. Syst. Herpetol. Amph.: 1 p. Type genus: Leiuperus Duméril and Bibron, 1841.

CystignathidaeGünther, 1858, Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1858: 346.

Plectromantidae Mivart, 1869, Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1869: 291. Type genus: Plectromantis Peters, 1862. Synonymy by implication by Nieden, 1923, Das Tierreich, 46: 479; Lynch, 1971, Misc. Publ. Mus. Nat. Hist. Univ. Kansas, 53: 169.

Paludicolina Mivart, 1869, Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1869: 290. Type genus: Paludicola Wagler, 1830.

CystignathinaMivart, 1869, Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1869: 293.

Adenomeridae Hoffmann, 1878, in Bronn (ed.), Die Klassen und Ordnungen des Thier-Reichs, 6(2): 613. Type genus: Adenomera Steindachner, 1867. Synonymy by implication of synonymy of Adenomera with Leptodactylus by Parker, 1932, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 10, 10: 342.

Leptodactylidae Werner, 1896, Verh. Zool. Bot. Ges. Wien, 46: 357. Type genus: Leptodactylus Fitzinger, 1826.

CystignathinaeGadow, 1901, Amphibia and Reptiles: 139.

LeptodactylinaeMetcalf, 1923, Bull. U.S. Natl. Mus., 120: 272; Noble, 1931, Biol. Amph.: 504; Laurent, 1980 "1979", Bull. Soc. Zool. France, 104: 418. : 5.

PaludicolidaeMiranda-Ribeiro, 1924, Bol. Mus. Nac., Rio de Janeiro, 1: 143.

PaludicolinaeLutz, 1929, Mem. Oswaldo Cruz, Rio de Janeiro, 22: 5.

LeptodactylydaeLutz, 1954, Mem. Oswaldo Cruz, Rio de Janeiro, 52: 172.

Pseudopaludicolinae Gallardo, 1965, Pap. Avulsos Zool., São Paulo, 17: 84. Type genus: Pseudopaludicola Miranda-Ribeiro, 1926.

LeptodactyloideaReig, 1972, in Blair (ed.), Evol. Genus Bufo: 29.

LeiuperidaeGrant, Frost, Caldwell, Gagliardo, Haddad, Kok, Means, Noonan, Schargel, and Wheeler, 2006, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 299: 154.

LeiuperinaePyron and Wiens, 2011, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 61: 543-583.

English Names

None noted.


Extreme southern Texas (USA), Sonora (Mexico), and northern Antilles, south to Brazilm Argentina, and Chile


With the discovery that Cystignathus Wagler was a synonym of Leptodactylus Fitzinger, the family-group name Cystignathidae became unavailable according to the rules of nomenclature then in effect. The name Leptodactylidae was proposed as a replacement name by Werner (1896) and has gained nearly universal acceptance subsequently. Leptodactylidae is therefore a conserved name in zoology under the provision of Article 40 of the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature (1999) and for purposes of priority takes the date of Cystignathi Tschudi, 1838. Noble, 1931, Biol. Amph.: 504, was the first to recognize the subfamily Leptodactylinae, which is close in content to Leptodactylidae as currently recognized. Prior to 2005, Leptodactylidae was a very large unwieldy Neotropical family. Ruvinsky and Maxson, 1996, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 5: 533-547, suggested Leptodactylidae (sensu lato) was polyphyletic and Frost, Grant, Faivovich, Bain, Haas, Haddad, de Sá, Channing, Wilkinson, Donnellan, Raxworthy, Campbell, Blotto, Moler, Drewes, Nussbaum, Lynch, Green, and Wheeler, 2006, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 297, partitioned former Leptodactylidae into several reformulated families: Batrachophrynidae (now Calyptocephalellidae by return of Batrachophrynus to Ceratophryidae), Leptodactylidae, Ceratophryidae, Cycloramphidae, and subsequently Grant, Frost, Caldwell, Gagliardo, Haddad, Kok, Means, Noonan, Schargel, and Wheeler, 2006, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 299: 1-268 (151), partitioned Cycloramphidae into Cycloramphidae and Hylodidae, and Leptodactylidae into Leptodactylidae (as here recognized) and Leiuperidae. Pyron and Wiens, 2011, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 61: 543-583, in their sutdy of Genbank sequences, provided the taxonomy followed herein, which includes three subfamilies: Leiuperinae, Leptodactylinae, and Paratelmatobiinae. Accounts and keys to most of the genera were supplied by Laurent, 1986, in Grassé and Delsol (eds.), Traite de Zool., 14: 594-797. Blackburn and Wake, 2011, In Zhang (ed.), Zootaxa, 3148: 39-55, discussed briefly the taxonomic history of the group. Cole, Townsend, Reynolds, MacCulloch, and Lathrop, 2013, Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington, 125: 317-578, provided identification keys and accounts for the species in Guyana. Vitt and Caldwell, 2013, Herpetology, 4th Ed., provided a summary of life history, diagnosis, and taxonomy.

Contained taxa (201 sp.):

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