Phylogenetic systematics of egg-brooding frogs (Anura: Hemiphractidae) and the evolution of direct development.

  title={Phylogenetic systematics of egg-brooding frogs (Anura: Hemiphractidae) and the evolution of direct development.},
  author={Santiago Castroviejo-Fisher and Jos{\'e} Manuel Padial and Ignacio De la Riva and Jos{\'e} Perez Pombal and H{\'e}lio Ricardo da Silva and Fernando J. M. Rojas-Runjaic and Esteban Medina-M{\'e}ndez and Darrel R. Frost},
Egg-brooding frogs (Hemiphractidae) are a group of 105 currently recognized Neotropical species, with a remarkable diversity of developmental modes, from direct development to free-living and exotrophic tadpoles. Females carry their eggs on the back and embryos have unique bell-shaped gills. We inferred the evolutionary relationships of these frogs and used the resulting phylogeny to review their taxonomy and test hypotheses on the evolution of developmental modes and bell-shaped gills. Our… CONTINUE READING

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