Family Friday

Alytidae -Midwife Toad and Painted Frog Family

Suborder: Archaeobatrachia
Genera: 3 – Latonia (1), Alytes (5), and Discoglossus (5)
Species: 11

Alytidae is a family of frogs that contain Midwife toads and Painted frogs. The genera Latonia and Discoglossus are referred to as the Painted Frogs while the genus Alytes is referred to as the Midwife toad . The term midwife toad comes from the fact the males carry the string of eggs on their back like a midwife.   The family is mostly found in Europe but there are a few species in Northern African and historically in the middle east.

The Hula painted frog (Latonia nigriventer) is the only living species of the genus Latonia. It was thought to be extinct until it was discovered in Israel in 2011. It’s only found in Lake Hula, which is how it gets its name, and is listed as critically endangered.

Pictures by Christian Fischer, Benny Trapp, and Roberto García-Roa


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