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Batrachia, Anura: European common frog
Batrachia, Urodela: Cave salamander


New Latin Batrachia, formerly a name for the zoological order Anura, from Ancient Greek βατραχεια (batrakheia), neuter plural of adjective from βατραχος (batrakhos, frog)

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  1. A taxonomic superorder within the subclass Lissamphibia – since the late 20th century Batrachia has denoted both tailed and tailless Amphibia: the frogs, toads, salamanders and various extinct forms, but has excluded the caecilians.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The French zoologist Pierre André Latreille coined the term Batrachia at the end of the 18th century; from that time to the mid 20th century it denoted the tailless amphibians, now the Anura, generally called the frogs and toads, as distinct from the tailed Amphibia: the Urodela

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