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Mesobatrachia

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Kingdom  Animalia
Subphylum  Vertebrata
Superorder  Batrachia
Higher classification  Frog
Phylum  Chordata
Subclass  Lissamphibia
Scientific name  Mesobatrachia
Rank  Suborder
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Similar  Archaeobatrachia, Frog, Amphibians, Neobatrachia, Chordate

The Mesobatrachia are the second-largest of the Anura suborders of amphibians. At the end of 2016, it contained 3 superfamilies (Pelobatoidea, Pelodytoidea and Pipoidea), 6 families, 16 genera, and 244 species. Recognized as a group in 1993, the name (meso- "middle" batrachia "frogs") is contrasted with the primitive Archaeobatrachia and the more diverse and advanced Neobatrachia.

The Mesobatrachia comprise five fossorial families, including the spadefoot toads of Europe, North America, and East Asia, the parsley frogs, and the Mexican burrowing toad, as well as one obligatorily aquatic family, the Pipidae of Africa and South America.

The Mesobatrachia are a relatively new group, only having been identified as such in 1993.

References

Mesobatrachia Wikipedia


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