Family Friday

Hemisotidae – Shovelnose Frog Family

Suborder: Neobatrachia
Number of Genera: 1 – Hemisus
Number of Species: 9

Hemisotidae is the Shovelnose Frog family. They are found in sub-Saharan Africa in tropical and sub-tropical areas.  The members of the family are adept at burrowing, they have strong hind limbs and fore limbs and a pointed snout. They burrow head first instead of butt first.


Hemisus barotseensis

Hemisus brachydactylus

Hemisus guineensis

Hemisus guttatus

Hemisus marmoratus

Hemisus microscaphus

Hemisus olivaceus

Hemisus perreti

Hemisus wittei


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