Introduction

Ascaphus - from the Greek pre-fix a and scaphos, meaning "without spade"

truei - named in honour of F.W. True, a former head curator of the U.S. National Museum

The frog with a tail that isn't a tail!

Tailed frogs are the most primitive frogs in the world and have unique characteristics not found in any other species. Their common name is misleading because they do not have true tails, although males possess a tail-like copulatory organ and all adults have tiny tail-wagging muscles, remnants of their evolution from tailed ancestors. They are sometimes also called bell frogs or tailed toads.