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Scaphiophryne gottlebei
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Microhylidae
Subfamily: Scaphiophryninae
Laurent, 1946


Scaphiophryninae is a subfamily of microhylid frogs native to Madagascar.[1][2]


Scaphiophryninae are small to middle-sized frogs, measuring 20–50 mm (0.79–1.97 in) in snout–vent length. They are terrestrial. Species living in drier environments are burrowers that emerge at the start of the rainy season. However, at least Scaphiophryne gottlebei is also able to climb vertical rock faces. Breeding is explosive and takes place in temporary pools. Eggs float on the surface and hatch into free-living tadpoles.[2]


Scaphiophryninae contains two genera.[1]


  1. ^ a b Frost, Darrel R. (2016). "Scaphiophryninae Laurent, 1946". Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0. American Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 4 March 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Vitt, Laurie J.; Caldwell, Janalee P. (2014). Herpetology: An Introductory Biology of Amphibians and Reptiles (4th ed.). Academic Press. p. 517.