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TADPOLE MOUTHPARTS

Examination of tadpole mouthparts can be useful for distinguishing some species of tadpoles. These illustrations depict the oral disc of twelve tadpoles viewed with a dissecting scope. 

All illustrations by Jacqualine Grant
(reprinted from Dodd, 2004).

GENERAL TADPOLE
MOUTHPART MORPHOLOGY

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ILLUSTRATIONS OF MOUTHPARTS OF 12
SPECIES OF TADPOLES

 

Ranidae-True Frogs

 

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Hylidae-Treefrogs

 

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Microhylidae-Narrowmouth Toad

 

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Pelobatidae-Spadefoot Toad

 

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Bufonidae-True Toads

 

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