Parsley frogs: spadefoots without spades

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Parsley frogs: spadefoots without spades
Tetrapod Zoology ver 3
Published 28 December 2014
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For no particular reason, in this article I want to talk about pelobatoids, also known as anomocoelans


Parsley frogs are small frogs with vertical pupils, pointed snouts and greenish markings resembling chopped herbs. There are three extant species, however the two in Europe apparently need taxonomic revision (the other sp. is in western Asia). On the basis of morphology and molecules they're grouped with pelobatoids; they notably lack the digging flange of spadefoots. Fragmentary fossils are known from the lower Miocene on and show parsley frogs were formerly more widespread. North American fossils have been considered stem-parsley frogs.

Mentioned Species[edit]

  • Caucasian parsley frog (Pelodytes caucasicus)
  • Common parsley frog (Pelodytes punctatus)
  • Iberian parsley frog (Pelodytes ibericus)
  • Middle Miocene fossil parsley frog (Pelodytes arevacus)

Fossil New World relatives of parsley frogs:

  • Middle Eocene Elko Formation (Nevada) frog (Miopelodytes gilmorei)
  • Upper Oligocene of Montana frog (Tephrodytes brassicarvalis)
  • Lower Eocene Green River Formation (Wyoming) frog (Aerugoamnis paulus)

Other pelobatoids:

  • Megophrys
  • Scaphiopus
  • Spea