Geocrinia

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Geocrinia
Southern Smooth Froglet (Geocrinia laevis) (8743396751).jpg
Geocrinia laevis
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Myobatrachidae
Subfamily: Myobatrachinae
Genus: Geocrinia
Blake, 1973
Species

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Geocrinia range.PNG
Distribution of Geocrinia

Geocrinia is a genus of frogs in the family Myobatrachidae. These frogs are endemic to Australia.[1][2]

All the species in this genus were at some point referred to as Crinia. Further studies showed there was some considerable differences between this group of frogs and Crinia. These differences included; a slightly sturdier body, smoother skin on the ventral surface and the greatest difference, the reproductive nature, laying the eggs outside of water. Some species of Geocrinia go through the tadpole stage entirely in the egg capsule while others develop initially in the egg then hatch when sufficient rain falls for them to complete their larval development in water. Five of the seven species live in Western Australia while the other two species are confined to south-eastern Australia.

Geocrinia alba is considered critically endangered, due to habitat loss from expansion of the wine industry in Western Australia.

Species[edit]

Common name Binomial name
White-bellied frog Geocrinia alba (Wardell-Johnson & Roberts, 1989)
Smooth frog Geocrinia laevis (Günther, 1864)
Lea's frog Geocrinia leai (J. J. Fletcher, 1898)
Walpole's frog Geocrinia lutea (Main, 1963)
Karri frog Geocrinia rosea (Harrison, 1927)
Eastern smooth frog Geocrinia victoriana (Boulenger, 1888)
Orange-bellied frog Geocrinia vitellina (Wardell-Johnson & Roberts, 1989)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Frost, Darrel R. (2016). "Geocrinia Blake, 1973". Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0. American Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 2 January 2017. 
  2. ^ Harold Cogger (3 March 2014). Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia. Csiro Publishing. p. 87. ISBN 978-0-643-10977-3.