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The Tadpole of Proceratophrys bigibbosa (Peters, 1872) (Anura: Odontophrynidae), with a Description of Its Buccopharyngeal Morphology and Proposal of Novel Synapomorphies for the P. bigibbosa Species Group
- Dias, Pedro H. S.
- Copeia 2018 v.106 no.1 pp. 86-93
- Anura, monophyly, synapomorphy, tadpoles, tail
- The Proceratophrys bigibbosa species group comprises four species and is the only group likely to be monophyletic within the genus. I describe the tadpole of P. bigibbosa and its buccopharyngeal morphology. Comparisons among Proceratophrys larvae in the light of a phylogenetic tree suggest that a conical vent tube, tail fin originating in the body/tail junction, large A2 gap, and trapezoid median ridge may represent putative synapomorphies for the P. bigibbosa group.