Larval morphological characteristics have been used to cluster species of Scinax in seven species groups and to support the monophyly of some of these groups. However, our present knowledge of Scinax tadpoles is incomplete; currently, tadpoles of only 21 of the approximately 80 recognized species have been described. Herein, we describe and illustrate the external morphology and oral disc characteristics of larval Scinax berthae, S. nebulosa, and S. boesemani. The presence of a "labial arm" supporting the P3 tooth row in S. boesemani, and its absence from S. nebulosa, is discussed in the light of our limited knowledge of tadpoles of species of other Scinax.
Copyright © 1997 The British Herpetological Society. This article first appeared in The Herpetological Journal 7 (1997): 13-17.
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de Sá, Rafael O., Richard Wassersug, and Arturo I. Kehr. "Description of Tadpoles of Three Species of Scinax (Anura: Hylidae)." The Herpetological Journal 7 (1997): 13-17.
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