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Temporal range: Late CretaceousHolocene, 70–0Ma
Argentine Horned Frog (Ceratophrys ornata)1.JPG
Ceratophrys ornata
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Leptodactylidae
Subfamily: Ceratophryinae
Tschudi, 1838

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Ceratophryinae, known as common horned frogs, is a subfamily of leptodactylid frogs found in South America. Fossils of the giant Beelzebufo from Cretaceous Madagascar suggest the subfamily may have once ranged throughout the prehistoric supercontinent of Gondwana.[1] Despite the common name, not all species in the subfamily have the horn-like projections at the eyes. All are carnivorous, terrestrial or semiaquatic, and notably thickset with proportionally large heads and mouths. Some species (especially from the genera Ceratophrys and Lepidobatrachus) are popular in herpetoculture.



  1. ^ Dybas, Cheryl (2008-02-18). "Scientists Discover 'Giant Fossil Frog from Hell'". Press Release 08-025. National Science Foundation. Retrieved 2008-02-19.