Cricket frog

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Cricket frogs
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Acris gryllus
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Hylidae
Genus: Acris
Duméril & Bibron, 1841

Cricket frogs, genus Acris, are small, North American frogs of the family Hylidae.[1][2] They occur in northern Mexico (Coahuila), the USA east of the Rocky Mountains, and southern Ontario, Canada.[1]

They are more aquatic than other members of the family, and are generally associated with permanent bodies of water with surface vegetation; the common and scientific names refer to their call, which resembles that of a cricket. The two popular subspecies are A. crepitans and A. gryllus. A. crepitans are found in mesic woodlands as well as xeric grasslands, whereas A. gryllus are concentrated in mesic woodlands.

Cricket frogs are able to communicate and attract each other using a specific frequency of their mating call, but it can only be heard by members of the same population. Cricket frogs from other locales are unable to aurally process the new frequency, causing for a genetic differentiation among the species. [3]


There are three species:[1][2]


  1. ^ a b c d Frost, Darrel R. (2018). "Acris Duméril and Bibron, 1841". Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0. American Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Hylidae". AmphibiaWeb. University of California, Berkeley. 2018. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  3. ^ Ryan, Michael J. (1988-06-24). "Coevolution of Sender and Receiver: Effect on Local Mate Preferecnce in Cricket Frogs". Science. 240 (4860): 1786. doi:10.1126/science.240.4860.1786. ISSN 0036-8075. PMID 17842431.

External links[edit]

Data related to Acris at Wikispecies Media related to Acris at Wikimedia Commons