Leiuperinae Bonaparte, 1850

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Leptodactylidae > Subfamily: Leiuperinae
102 species

English Names

None noted.


Southern Mexico throughout Central and South America south to southern Chile and southern Argentina.


The literature of this taxon is deeply intertwined with that of Leptodactylidae. See comment under Leptodactylidae for relevant literature. Removed from the synonymy of Leptodactylidae by Grant, Frost, Caldwell, Gagliardo, Haddad, Kok, Means, Noonan, Schargel, and Wheeler, 2006, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 299: 154, who considered this taxon to be the sister taxon of Bufonidae + Hylodidae + Dendrobatoidea. Synonymy of Leiuperina with Leptodactylidae had been made by implication of synonymy of Leiuperus with Pleurodema by Parker, 1927, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 9, 20: 465. Vitt and Caldwell, 2009, Herpetology, 3rd Ed.: 457–459, provided a general taxonomic account and map as part of a much more general and extensive overview of amphibian biology. Vera Candioti, Haad, Baldo, Kolenc, Borteiro, and Altig, 2011, Biol. J. Linn. Soc., 104: 330–345, reported on evolution of oral apparatus in tadpoles within the group. Pyron and Wiens, 2011, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 61: 543–583, suggested that Leiuperinae is the sister taxon of their Paratelmatobiinae. Grosso, Baldo, Cardozo, Kolenc, Borteiro, Oliveira, Bonino, Barrasso, and Vera Candioti, 2019, PLoS One, 14(6: e0218733): 1–37, reported on the phylogenetics and ontogenetics of early larval development in leiuperine frogs.

Contained taxa (102 sp.):

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