Taxonomy of the Neotropical Hylidae
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The Hylidae are arciferous, procoelian frogs, generally having maxillary teeth. Presumably derived from bufonid stock (Noble, 1931), one of the distinctive features of the family is the cartilage intercalated between the penultimate and the terminal phalanx of the digits, which is claw-shaped and swollen at the base. The digits usually terminate in expanded disks which, together with the intercalary cartilage, subserve the function of climbing. Although most of the members of this family are tree frogs, some are aquatic in the adult stage; others are phragmotic, resting upright in cavities of the right size, and plugging the lumen with the head. A number are bromelicolous, and one or two live in giant bamboos, having water-holding septa. One genus is fossorial.
Contents: Abstract -- Subfamily: Hylinae Gadow -- Subfamily: Phyllomedusinae -- Subfamily: Triprioninae -- Diagnoses -- Generic Diagnoses -- Appendix -- Bibliography