Narrow-mouth frogs of Pakistan: Family
Microhylids are small frogs body length rarely
exceeding 4 cm. They have narrow-mouth, due to which they can take
small insects as food, this is why they are also called “ant-frogs.”
The Microhylidae has the largest number of genera, more than 60.
Mostly they are tropical frogs, from southeast Asia, Indonesia, New
Guinea, Australia , South America, Africa, and Madagascar. They also
are found in the temperate regions of North America, Africa, and
In size they range from tiny forms (10 mm) to
moderately large animals (100 mm). Mostly body is is
tear-drop-shaped, with narrow, pointed snout, more or less rounded
body. Some are more tree-frog like, with expanded digital tips. Mostly
they are burrowers, emerging only after heavy rains. Mostly
dull-colored, however few are bright colored. As a group they tend to
be ant and termite-specialists.
Family Microhylidae is represented in Pakistan by two
genera, Microhyla and Uperodon, each with a single
Special Note: The information on this page was written
Muhammad Sharif Khan and taken from the AmphibiaWeb
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Updated July 4th, 2005