Cryptobatrachus Ruthven, 1916

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Hemiphractidae > Genus: Cryptobatrachus
5 species

Cryptobatrachus Ruthven, 1916, Occas. Pap. Mus. Zool. Univ. Michigan, 33: 1. Type species: Cryptobatrachus boulengeri Ruthven, 1916, by original designation.

English Names

Backpack Frogs (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 52).


Slopes of the northern Andes (north of about 4° 50′ N) and Sierra Santa Marta, Colombia, and Serranía de Perija in Venezuela.


For an account see Cochran and Goin, 1970, Bull. U.S. Natl. Mus., 288: 155-162. Lynch, 2008, Zootaxa, 1883: 26-68, provided a revision. Duellman, 2015, Marsupial Frogs, and Castroviejo-Fisher, Padial, De la Riva, Pombal, Silva, Rojas-Runjaic, Medina-Méndez, and Frost, 2015, Zootaxa, 4004: 1–72, provided a phylogenetic analysis of the species and related genera. 

Contained taxa (5 sp.):

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