Limnodynastidae Lynch, 1969

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Superfamily: Myobatrachoidea > Family: Limnodynastidae
43 species

English Names

Australian Ground Frogs (Halliday and Adler, 2002, New Encyclop. Rept. Amph.: 84; Davies, 2003, in Duellman (ed.), Grzimek's Animal Life Enclop., 6(Amph.): 139).


Australia and New Guinea, including Aru Islands.


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, reviewed the taxonomic literature and placed Limnodynastidae as the sister taxon of Myobatrachidae. See Roberts and Watson, 1993, in Glasby et al. (eds.), Fauna Aust., 2A(Amph. Rept.): 35-40, and comment under Myobatrachidae for further access to literature and discussion of taxonomic history. Anstis, 2002, Tadpoles Southeast. Aust., provided keys to tadpoles for the species of southeastern Australia. Bossuyt and Roelants, 2009, in Hedges and Kumar (eds.), Timetree of Life: 357-364, considered this taxon a distinct family based on the age of its divergence from Myobatrachidae, but differed in the generic constitution (placement of Mixophyes). Pyron and Wiens, 2011, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 61: 543-583, in their study of Genbank sequences, confirmed the sister-taxon relationship of Limnodynastidae and Myobatrachidae and provided a tree of their molecular exemplars, but retained the older taxonomy of considering them subfamilies of a larger Myobatrachidae. Blackburn and Wake, 2011, In Zhang (ed.), Zootaxa, 3148: 39-55, briefly reviewed the taxonomic history of this taxon and regarded it as a subfamily of Myobatrachidae. Vitt and Caldwell, 2014, Herpetology, 4th Ed., provided a summary of life history, diagnosis, and taxonomy.

Contained taxa (43 sp.):

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