- Rhinoderma darwinii
- Rhinoderma rufum
Rhinoderma is known from the cool, temperate forests of southern Chile and Argentina. The frogs are small, about 30 mm long. In Rhinoderma darwinii, the males carry the tadpoles in their vocal sacs, and development is completed as froglets. Rhinoderma has been placed in its own family Rhinodermatidae primarily because of its unusual mode of development. Were it not for this, Rhinoderma would be considered simply a genus within Hyloidea, but without obvious relationships to other taxa. No fossils are known.
Ford and Cannatella (1993) defined the name Rhinoderma for the node that is the last common ancestor of Rhinoderma rufum and R. darwinii. The family-group name Rhinodermatidae is redundant with Rhinoderma. This genus is diagnosed by rearing of the larvae in the vocal sac of the male, and recognition of the taxon as a family is based on this apomorphy. The known derived characters of Rhinoderma (Lynch, 1971) do not clarify its relationships.
Ford, L. S., and D. C. Cannatella. 1993. The major clades of frogs. Herp. Monogr. 7:94-117.
Lynch, J. D. 1971. Evolutionary relationships, osteology, and zoogeography of leptodactyloid frogs. Misc. Publ. Mus. Nat. Hist. Univ. Kansas (53):531-238.
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