Added January 2005.

Family Myobatrachidae


The family Myobatrachidae contains 22 genera and approximately 120 species. It is restricted entirely to Australia.

Please note that due to the general paucity of readily available knowledge about these creatures, this list is an ongoing work and will probably take some time to complete. Links will be provided from genus names to a list of their species when such information is available.

Adelotus Arenophryne Assa
Bryobatrachus Crinia Geocrinia
Heleioporus Lechriodes Limnodynastes
Megistolotus Metacrinia Mixophyes
Myobatrachus Neobatrachus Notaden
Paracrinia Philoria Pseudophryne
Rheobatrachus Spicospina Taudactylus

Genus Common Name No. of species Distribution Notes
Adelotus   1 Qld and NSW Restricted range
Arenophryne   1 WA Restricted range
Assa   1 Qld and NSW Restricted range
Bryobatrachus   1    
Crinia   14    
Geocrinia   7    
Heleioporus   6    
Lechriodes   1    
Limnodynastes ? 12    
Megistolotus   1    
Metacrinia ? 1    
Mixophyes ? 5    
Myobatrachus   1    
Neobatrachus   10    
Notaden   4    
Paracrinia ? 1    
Philoria   4    
Pseudophryne ? 13    
Rheobatrachus   2    
Spicospina   1    
Taudactylus   6    
Uperoleia   24    


Frogs and Toads of the World, Chris Mattison, Blandford Press, London 1992. Useful and informative introduction to the subject. Some of the taxonomy is slightly out of date.

Keeping and Breeding Amphibians, Chris Mattison, Blandford Press,

The Proper Care of Amphibians, John Coborn, TFH, 1992. Although I have been often critical of Coborn's books in the past - some, notably on lizards, have contained erroneous information - this is not a bad one. It is very useful for an oversight of all the amphibian families and contains some information on many species which are rarely seen in captivity.

Frogs, Toads and Treefrogs, RD and Patricia P Bartlett, Barron's Educational Series, 1996. This is a good book for details on the captive husbandry of the most common anurans you are likely to see offered in the pet trade.

Urania Tierreich: Fische, Lurche, Kriechtiere (various authors, but edited I believe by Professor Kurt Deckert: amphibian contributor was Dr Günther Freytag), Urania-Verlagsgesellschaft, Leipzig. Part of a 6-volume encyclopedia set on the animal kingdom and perhaps comparable to Grzimek's volumes, this volume provides a very useful overview of all the genera and many representative species.


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