Natural History of Vertebrates Lab
Emporia State University
AMPHIBIAN LIST (SPRING 2017)
Taxonomy and nomenclature follows Collins (1990) except for changes given in Collins (1993).
Collins, J. T. 1990. Standard common and current scientific names for
North American amphibians and reptiles, third edition. Society for the
Study of Amphibians and Reptiles, Herpetological Circular 19:1-41.
You will be responsible for the classification from kingdom to species, its
common name, and its general distribution in Kansas (part of the state).
Plus you must spell all names or categories correctly.
Collins, J. T. 1993. Amphibians and reptiles in Kansas, third edition.
University of Kansas Museum of Natural History, Public Education Series
A Checklist to the Native Amphibians and Reptiles in Kansas
If you click on the family names, you will see a couple of charateristics that will be useful in recognizing the families. Links at the taxonomic levels above family, take you to the Tree of Life Project. Links at the species level take you to a collection photographs and other information on either Frog and Toad Life Cycles of Lyon County, Kansas, The Herps of Texas, Cave Life Photos, or the Animal Diversity Web. Use the "back" button in the top left corner to go back to the species list.
Ambystoma texanum (smallmouth salamander)
Ambystoma tigrinum (tiger salamander)
Notophthalmus viridescens (eastern newt)
Eurycea lucifuga (cave salamander) endangered
Eurycea longicauda (longtail salamander)
Necturus maculosus (mudpuppy)
Spea bombifrons (plains spadefoot)
Anaxyrus americanus (American toad)
Anaxyrus cognatus (Great Plains toad)
Anaxyrus debilis (green toad) threatened
Anaxyrus punctatus (red-spotted toad) special concern
Anaxyrus woodhousii (Woodhouse's toad)
Acris crepitans (northern cricket frog)
Pseudacris clarkii (spotted chorus frog)
Pseudacris crucifer (spring peeper) threatened
Pseudacris streckeri (Strecker's chorus frog) threatened
Pseudacris triseriata (western chorus frog)
Hyla versicolor (gray treefrog)
Lithobates areolatus (crawfish frog) special concern
Lithobates blairi (plains leopard frog)
Lithobates catesbeianus (bullfrog)
Lithobates clamitans (bronze frog) special concern
Lithobates palustris (pickerel frog)
Gastrophryne carolinensis (eastern narrowmouth toad)
Gastrophryne olivacea (Great Plains narrowmouth toad)
CHARACTERISTICS USEFUL IN IDENTIFYING
AMBYSTOMATIDAE--five toes on each hindfoot; in general no gills as an
adult; stout body dark colored above
THE FAMILIES OF AMPHIBIANS IN KANSAS
SALAMANDRIDAE--five toes on each hindfoot; eyelids present; no gills;
distinct longitudinal ridges on top of head; none to very faint vertical
grooves on sides of body.
PLETHODONTIDAE--five toes on each hindfoot; no gills; slender body
PROTEIDAE--four toes on each hindfoot; eyelids absent; bushy external gills
present throughout life
PELOBATIDAE--no parotid glands; toes distinctly webbed; enlarged black
tubercle with free cutting edge at base of hindfoot
BUFONIDAE--parotid gland on neck behind eyes; skin warty
HYLIDAE--adults often small; tympanum often small and barely visible; discs
often present on tips of toes
RANIDAE--tympanum prominent; no discs on tips of fingers or toes
MICROHYLIDAE--tympanum not visible; head much narrower than body; skin
folded behind eyes to form a dorsal groove
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