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Telmatobius atahualpai
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Lissamphibia
Order: Anura
Suborder: Neobatrachia
Family: Ceratophryidae
Subfamily: Telmatobiinae
Fitzinger, 1843


The Telmatobiinae, water frogs, are a subfamily of frogs endemic to South America. Since 2011, it has usually been considered to be a family, Telmatobiidae.[1]

Telmatobiinae was originally a large subfamily of leptodactylid frogs. The subfamily has since undergone extensive revision, and most genera have been placed elsewhere. Their removal from the large and confusing Leptodactylidae family is based on genetic distinction. Only one genus, Telmatobius Wiegmann, 1834, is left, making Telmatobiinae/Telmatobiidae monogeneric.[1] Some sources, however, treat Batrachophrynus as a genus separate from Telmatobius.[2]

Old genera[edit]

The original layout of the Telmatobiinae subfamily is presented here for reference.


Most of the genera originally assigned to Telmatobiinae have since been moved to other families. With Batrachophrynus included in Telmatobius, only one of the original genera are maintained in the present Telmatobiidae, namely the Telmatobius.[3]


  1. ^ a b Frost, Darrel R. (2013). "Telmatobiidae Fitzinger, 1843". Amphibian Species of the World 5.6, an Online Reference. American Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 22 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Telmatobiidae". AmphibiaWeb: Information on amphibian biology and conservation. [web application]. Berkeley, California: AmphibiaWeb. 2013. Retrieved 22 December 2013. 
  3. ^ Frost, Darrel R. (2013). "Amphibian Species of the World 5.6, an Online Reference". American Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 22 December 2013.