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June 16, 2020

Guinea shovelnose frog (Hemisus guineensis)

The Guinea shovelnose frog (Hemisus guineensis) of sub-Saharan Africa spends most of its life burrowing underground, eating ants and termites, habits aided by a pointed snout and forward shifted jaw joint.

[Research supported by National Science Foundation grant DGE 1315138, DGE 1842473 and DBI 1701714.]

Learn more in the University of Florida's Florida Museum news story Skulls gone wild: How and why some frogs evolved extreme heads. (Date image taken: 2020; date originally posted to NSF Multimedia Gallery: June 76, 2020)

Credit: Daniel J. Paluh, Florida Museum of Natural History


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