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Morphological clarifications of Australian hylid and limnodynastid tadpoles

MARION ANSTIS, JODI J. L. ROWLEY, Ronald ALTIG

Abstract


Tadpole morphology usually is consistent within taxa and ecologies (Altig & Johnston 1989), but the occurrences of unique morphologies offer informative perspectives on the potential diversity of these structures. Anstis (2013) characterized most of the tadpoles of Australia, but a thorough understanding of certain morphological features requires closer examinations. Until we understand the morphological features of anuran larvae, and preferably their ontogeny, we cannot productively discuss their evolution or ecological significance.

 


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Amphibia

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4126.1.10

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