Under Construction

'Pipids'group is extinct

Extinct pipoid frogs

David Cannatella
from Cannatella and Ford (1993)
Containing group: Anura


As discussed under the account of Pipidae, Ford and Cannatella (1993) defined the node-based name Pipidae to be the most recent common ancestor of living pipids (Xenopus, Silurana, Hymenochirus, Pseudhymenochirus, and Pipa) and all of its descendants. Taxa considered to be fossil "pipids" (†Thoraciliacus, †Cordicephalus, †Saltenia, †Shomronella, and †Eoxenopoides) are assigned only to the level of Pipimorpha. (See Estes, 1977; Estes et al., 1978; Nevo, 1968)

Other Names for 'Pipids'


Estes, R. 1977. Relationships of the South African fossil frog Eoxenopoides reuningi (Anura, Pipidae). 73(2):49-80.

Estes, R., Z. V. Spinar, and E. Nevo. 1978. Early Cretaceous pipid tadpoles from Israel (Amphibia: Anura). Herpetologica 34(4):374-393.

Ford, L. S., and D. C. Cannatella. 1993. The major clades of frogs. Herp. Monogr. 7:94-117.

Nevo, E. 1968. Pipid frogs from the early Cretaceous of Israel and pipid evolution. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. 136(8):255-318.

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David Cannatella
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