Telmatobufo Schmidt, 1952

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Calyptocephalellidae > Genus: Telmatobufo
4 species

Telmatobufo Schmidt, 1952, Fieldiana, Zool., 34: 11. Type species: Telmatobufo bullocki Schmidt, 1952, by original designation.

English Names

False Toads (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 85).

Chilean False Toads (Vitt and Caldwell, 2014, Herpetology, 4th Ed.: 481).


Southern Chile.


Lynch, 1971, Misc. Publ. Mus. Nat. Hist. Univ. Kansas, 53: 113, placed Telmatobufo in his tribe Telmatobiini (along with Caudiverbera, Telmatobius, and Batrachophrynus), but Telmatobufo was transferred (along with Caudiverbera) into Calyptocephallelinae by Lynch, 1978, Occas. Pap. Mus. Nat. Hist. Univ. Kansas, 72: 1-57. See comment under Calyptocephalellidae. Nuñez and Formas, 2000, Amphibia-Reptilia, 21: 351-356, discussed phylogenetic relationships of the species and considered Caudiverbera to be the nearest relative of Telmatobufo. Formas, Nuñez, and Brieva, 2001, Rev. Chilena Hist. Nat., 74: 365-387, discussed the phylogenetics of the species in this taxon on the basis of osteology, DNA sequences, and karyology, and suggested that Telmatobufo venustus is the sister taxon of the other two species. Formas and Espinoza, 1975, Herpetologica, 31: 429-432, suggested karylogical evidence for a close relationship of Telmatobufo and Caudiverbera. Cuevas, 2010, Gayana, 74: 102-112, mapped the ranges of the species. Vitt and Caldwell, 2014, Herpetology, 4th Ed., provided a summary of life history, diagnosis, and taxonomy.

Contained taxa (4 sp.):

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