The tadpoles of Gastrophryne pictiventris and Nelsonophryne aterrima are described based on material collected in Costa Rica and Panama, respectively. The tadpole of G. pictiventris resembles those of the other species of Gastrophryne. The tadpole of N. aterrima differs from other New World microhylid tadpoles in location of the vent tube (medial), the spiracular opening (ventral to the gut), and eyes (dorsolateral). The unique configuration of mouthparts in N. aterrima is described. Morphological variation in microhylid tadpoles is reviewed and six larval characters are analyzed cladistically for IO New World microhylid genera.
Copyright © 1990 American Museum of Natural History. This paper first appeared in Novitates 2976 (June 28, 1990): 1-19.
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Donnelly, Maureen A., Rafael O. de Sá, and Craig Guyer. "Description of the Tadpoles of Gastrophryne pictiventris and Nelsonophryne aterrima (Anura: Microhylidae), with a Review of Morphological Variation in Free-Swimming Microhylid Larvae." Novitates 2976 (June 28, 1990): 1-19.