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The frog is an amphibian in the adjustment Anura (meaning “tail-less”, from Greek an-, after + oura, tail), aforetime referred to as Salientia (Latin saltare, to jump). The name frog derives from Old English frogga, (compare Old Norse frauki, German Frosch, earlier Dutch spelling kikvorsch), affiliated with Sanskrit plava (frog), apparently anticipation from Proto-Indo-European praw = “to jump”.
Most frogs are characterized by continued afterwards legs, a abbreviate body, webbed digits(fingers or toes), bulging eyes and the absence of a tail. A lot of frogs accept a semi-aquatic lifestyle, but move calmly on acreage by jumping or climbing. They about lay their eggs in puddles, ponds or lakes, and their larvae, alleged tadpoles, accept aspect and advance in water. Adult frogs chase a cannibal diet, mostly of arthropods, annelids and gastropods. Frogs are a lot of apparent by their call, which can be broadly heard during the night or day, mainly in their alliance season.
The administration of frogs ranges from close to subarctic regions, but a lot of breed are begin in close rainforests. Consisting of added than 5,000 breed described, they are a part of the a lot of assorted groups of vertebrates. However, populations of assertive frog breed are decidedly declining.
A acumen is about fabricated amid frogs and toads on the base of their appearance, acquired by the allied adjustment a part of alleged toads to dry environments; however, this acumen has no taxonomic basis. The alone ancestors alone accustomed the accustomed name “toad” is Bufonidae, but abounding breed from added families are aswell alleged “toads,” and the breed aural the toad brand Atelopus are referred to as “harlequin frogs”.
The adjustment Anura contains 4,810 species in 33 families, of which the Leptodactylidae (1100 spp.), Hylidae (800 spp.) and Ranidae (750 spp.) are the richest in species. About 88% of amphibian breed are frogs.
The use of the accustomed names “frog” and “toad” has no taxonomic justification. From a taxonomic perspective, all associates of the adjustment Anura are frogs, but alone associates of the ancestors Bufonidae are advised “true toads”. The use of the appellation “frog” in accustomed names usually refers to breed that are amphibian or semi-aquatic with bland and/or clammy skins, and the appellation “toad” about refers to breed that tend to be earthbound with dry, warty derma that seems as admitting it has been aching by addition animal. An barring is the fire-bellied toad (Bombina bombina): while its derma is hardly warty, it prefers a adulterated habitat.
Frogs and toads are broadly classified into three suborders: Archaeobatrachia, which includes four families of archaic frogs; Mesobatrachia, which includes 5 families of added evolutionary average frogs; and Neobatrachia, by far the better group, which contains the actual 24 families of “modern” frogs, including a lot of accustomed breed throughout the world. Neobatrachia is added disconnected into the Hyloidea and Ranoidea. This allocation is based on such morphological appearance as the amount of vertebrae, the anatomy of the pectoral girdle, and the analysis of tadpoles. While this allocation is abundantly accepted, relationships a part of families of frogs are still debated. Future studies of atomic analysis should anon accommodate added insights to the evolutionary relationships a part of Anuran families.
Some breed of anurans hybridise readily. For instance, the Edible Frog (Rana esculenta) is a amalgam of the Pool Frog (R. lessonae) and the Marsh Frog (R. ridibunda). Bombina bombina and Bombina variegata analogously anatomy hybrids, although these are beneath fertile, giving dispatch to a amalgam zone.
Frogs are about accustomed as aberrant jumpers, and the best jumper of all vertebrates. The Australian rocket frog, Litoria nasuta, can bound over 50 times their physique breadth (5.5 cm), consistent in all-overs of over 2 meters. The dispatch of the jump may be up to alert gravity. There are amazing differences amid breed in jumping capability, but aural a species, jump ambit increases with accretion size, but about jumping ambit (body-lengths jumped) decreases.
While frog breed can use a array of locomotor modes (running, walking, gliding, swimming, and climbing), added are either accomplished at jumping or descended from ancestors who were, with abundant of the musculo-skeletal analysis adapted for this purpose. The tibia, fibula and tarsals accept been alloyed into a single, able bone, as accept the ambit and ulna in the forelimbs (which accept to blot the appulse of landing). The metatarsals accept become continued to add to the leg breadth and acquiesce the frog to advance adjoin the arena for best during a jump. The illium has continued and formed a adaptable collective with the sacrum which, in specialist jumpers such as Ranids or Hylids, functions as an added limb collective to added ability the leaps. This addendum of the limbs after-effects in the frog getting able to administer force to the arena for best during a jump, which in about-face after-effects in a longer, faster jump.
The able-bodied arrangement has been analogously modified. The afterwards limbs of the antecedent of frogs apparently independent pairs of anatomy which would act in activity (one beef to angle the knee, a altered beef to extend it), as is apparent in a lot of added limbed animals. However, in avant-garde frogs, about all anatomy accept been adapted to accord to the activity of jumping, with alone a few baby anatomy actual to accompany the limb aback to the starting position and advance posture. The anatomy accept aswell been abundantly enlarged, with the anatomy complex in jumping accounting for over 17% of the absolute accumulation of the frog.
In some acutely able jumpers, such as the cuban timberline frog, the aiguille ability exerted during a jump can beat what beef is able of producing. Currently, it is accepted that frogs are autumn able-bodied activity by addition their tendons like springs, again triggering the absolution all at once, acceptance the frog to access the activity of its jump above the banned of muscle-powered acceleration. A agnate apparatus has already been accurate in locusts and grasshoppers.