Conraua is a genus of large frogs from sub-Saharan Africa. They are sometimes known as slippery frogs.[2] Conraua is the only genus in the Conrauidae family.[2][3] Alternatively, it may be placed in the Petropedetidae family.[4]

Conraua
Goliath Frog.jpg
Model of Conraua goliath
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Superfamily: Ranoidea
Family: Conrauidae
Dubois, 1992
Genus: Conraua
Nieden, 1908[1]
Type species
Conraua robusta
Nieden, 1908

This genus includes the largest frog of the world, Conraua goliath, which may grow to 32 cm (13 in) in snout–vent length and weigh as much as 3.3 kg (7.3 lb).[4] Four of the six species in this genus are threatened.[5]

EtymologyEdit

The name of the genus honours Gustav Conrau, a German trader and labour recruiter in Cameroon and the collector of the holotype of Conraua robusta, the type species of the genus.[1][6]

SpeciesEdit

The recognized species are:[7]

Nota bene: A binomial authority in parentheses indicates that the species was originally described in a genus other than Conraua.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Nieden, F. (1908). "Die Amphibienfauna von Kamerun ". Mitteilungen aus dem Zoologischen Museum in Berlin. 3: 491–518.
  2. ^ a b Frost, Darrel R. (2016). "Conrauidae Dubois, 1992". Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0. American Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 27 January 2016.
  3. ^ "Conrauidae". AmphibiaWeb: Information on amphibian biology and conservation. [web application]. Berkeley, California: AmphibiaWeb. 2014. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  4. ^ a b Vitt, Laurie J.; Caldwell, Janalee P. (2014). Herpetology: An Introductory Biology of Amphibians and Reptiles (4th ed.). Academic Press. p. 507.
  5. ^ IUCN (2014). "IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>". Retrieved 22 February 2014.
  6. ^ Peaker, Malcolm (12 August 2013). "The Eponym Dictionary of Amphibians: Where's Conrau?". Zoology Jottings. Retrieved 27 January 2016.
  7. ^ Frost, Darrel R. (2014). "Conraua Nieden, 1908". Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0. American Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 22 February 2014.