Smilisca baudinii tadpoles

Smilisca baudinii (eaten here and a froglet here) is one of two hylid tadpoles that are being reared (Hyla microcephala is the other).  The tadpoles are medium-sized, with a broad tail and they are somewhat light in color, especially compared to the bufonids.  The mouth is similar to that of the other tadpole species here in that it has 2/3 denticles (with the second anterior denticle medially broken) and a prominent beak; however, the large, complete oral disk is completely surrounded by many rows of papillae; some of the other tadpoles have gaps in the papillae surrounding the oral disk.  Additionally, the toe pads are visible on the budding feet of the tadpoles, which is a good indicator that this is a hylid.

Other tadpole posts:

Rhinophrynus dorsalis
Engystomops pustulosus
Incilius luetkenii
Smilisca baudinii
Hyla microcephala
Leptodactylus melanonotus

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