The family Ranidae contains 38 genera and over 700 species. The following is a list of the genera and their general characteristics and distribution.
Please note that owing to the vast size of this family this list is a work in progress.
|Genus||Common Name||No. of species||Distribution||Notes|
|Aubria||Ball Frogs, Fishing Frogs||2|
|Ceratobatrachus||Triangle Frogs, Eyelash Frogs||1||Solomon Islands|
|Lankanectes||Sri Lankan Frogs||1|
|Palmatorappia||Solomon Island Palm Frogs||1|
|Platymantis||Wrinkled Ground Frogs||54|
|Ptychadena||Ridged Frogs, Grass Frogs||47|
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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