Zweifel, Richard G. Department of Herpetology, American Museum of Natural History, New York, New York.
Cash, W. Ben Department of Biology, Maryville College, Maryville, Tennessee.
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One of the three living orders of the class Amphibia, encompassing the frogs and toads. Because members of the order Anura (anurans) lack a tail, they differ most obviously from salamanders (order Urodela; also called Caudata). Usually, frogs and toads have long hind limbs adapted for the hopping locomotion that is characteristic of individuals of the order. There can be no confusion of anurans with the limbless caecilians, which are members of the third order of amphibians, Apoda. See also: Amphibia; Apoda; Urodela
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