Ranoidea (genus)

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Litoria aurea green2.jpg
Ranoidea aurea, the type species
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Hylidae
Subfamily: Pelodryadinae
Genus: Ranoidea
Tschudi, 1838
Type species
Ranoidea jacksoniensis
Tschudi, 1838
  • Dryopsophus Fitzinger, 1843
  • Euscelis Fitzinger, 1843
  • Pelodryas Günther, 1859 "1858"
  • Cyclorana Steindachner, 1867
  • Phractops Peters, 1867
  • Chirodryas Keferstein, 1867
  • Mitrolysis Cope, 1889
  • Fanchonia Werner, 1893
  • Brendanura Wells and Wellington, 1985
  • Neophractops Wells and Wellington, 1985
  • Mosleyia Wells and Wellington, 1985

Ranoidea is a genus of frogs in the subfamily Pelodryadinae. They are found in Australia, New Guinea, and two nearby groups of islands: Maluku Islands (=Moluccas) and Louisiade Archipelago;[1] the circumscription of this taxon is still controversial.

Ranoidea novaehollandiae is the type species of the genus Cyclorana which—pending further studies—may become recognized again.[2]


Species in this genus were until recently placed in the then-paraphyletic genus Litoria (and mostly still are in Wikipedia); many of them had been placed in even larger Hyla before. However, in 2016 Duellman and colleagues split Litoria into several genera;[1][2] the species now in Ranoidea were placed in the genus Dryopsophus. However, the oldest available name for these species is Ranoidea;[1] these changes are not yet widely recognized, and the AmphibiaWeb continues to recognize Litoria in the older, broad sense.[3] The AmphibiaWeb also recognizes Cyclorana,[3] a position that, without additional amendments, renders Ranoidea paraphyletic; it may be treated as a subgenus.[1]

Some controversy also surrounds whether the subfamily Pelodryadinae is part of the family Pelodryadidae, as suggested by Duellman and colleagues[2] and recognized in the Amphibian Species of the World,[1] or part of the family Hylidae, as recognized in the AmphibiaWeb.[3]

Description and ecology[edit]

The pupil is horizontally elliptical, and the palpebral membrane is unpigmented. Many species have tadpoles that develop in mountain streams and have enlarged ventral mouths.[2] However, "Cyclorana" are adapted to standing and often temporary bodies of water.[4]


There are 75 species in this genus:[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Frost, Darrel R. (2018). "Ranoidea Tschudi, 1838". Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0. American Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d Duellman, William E.; Marion, Angela B. & Hedges, S. Blair (19 April 2016). "Phylogenetics, classification, and biogeography of the treefrogs (Amphibia: Anura: Arboranae)". Zootaxa. 4104 (1): 1–109. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.4104.1.1.
  3. ^ a b c "Hylidae". AmphibiaWeb. University of California, Berkeley. 2018. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  4. ^ Van Buskirk, J. (2009). "Getting in shape: adaptation and phylogenetic inertia in morphology of Australian anuran larvae". Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 22 (6): 1326–1337. doi:10.1111/j.1420-9101.2009.01750.x.