Temporal range: Late Jurassic to Recent
|Distribution of Discoglossidae (in black)|
Discoglossidae Günther, 1859
The Alytidae are a family of primitive frogs. Their common name is painted frogs or midwife toads. Most are endemic to Europe, but there are also three species in northwest Africa, and a species formerly thought to be extinct in Israel.
This family is also known as Discoglossidae, but the older name Alytidae has priority and is now recognized by major reference works. However, some researchers suggest that Alytes and Discoglossus are different enough to be treated as separate families, implying resurrection of Discoglossidae.
Genera and species
The family contains three extant genera, Alytes, Discoglossus, and Latonia. The first is somewhat toad-like and can often be found on land. The second is smoother and more frog-like, preferring the water. The third genus was until recently considered extinct, and is represented by the recently rediscovered Hula painted frog. All of the species have pond-dwelling tadpoles.
- Genus Alytes
- Genus Discoglossus
- Genus Latonia
- Latonia nigriventer - Hula painted frog
- Genus †Enneabatrachus (prehistoric)
- †Enneabatrachus hechti
Iberian midwife toad (Alytes cisternasii)
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