Family Friday

Rhinodermatidae – Mouth Brooding Frogs


Darwin Frog by Mono Andes

Suborder: Neobatrachia
Number Genera: 2 – Rhinoderma (2) and Insuetophrynus (1)
Number of Species: 3 – Chile Darwin’s frog (Rhinoderma rufum), Darwin’s frog (Rhinoderma darwinii), and Barrio’s Frog (Insuetophrynus acarpicus)

Rhinodermatidae is called the mouth brooding frog family. They obviously brood their young in their mouth. All 3 frogs in the family are found in South America and face the threat of extinction.

The genus Rhinodermatidae contains frogs known as the Darwin Frogs. The Chile Darwin Frog is thought to be extinct.

The genus Insuetophrynus has one species, the Barrio’s frog (Insuetophrynus acarpicus). It is only found in Chile and is listed as Critically Endangered.


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