Telmatobiidae Fitzinger, 1843

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Telmatobiidae
61 species

English Names

Water Frogs (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 84).


Andean South America, Ecuador to Chile and Argentina.


Pyron and Wiens, 2011, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 61: 543-583, considered this former subfamily of Ceratophryidae to be a distinct family based on lack of resolution among the constituent parts of former Ceratophryidae and Cycloramphidae (although they suggested a relationship with Batrachylidae, albeit with a low confidence measure. See comments under Ceratophryidae and Cycloramphidae for additional discussion of the systematic issues. Blackburn and Wake, 2011, In Zhang (ed.), Zootaxa, 3148: 39-55, briefly reviewed the taxonomic history of this taxon. Barcelos and Santos, 2023, Paleodivers. Palaeoenvironm., 103: 341–405, reviewed the fossil localities and the literature of the fossil history of this group in South America.  

Contained taxa (61 sp.):

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