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|Distribution of Hylidae (in black)|
The Hylidae are a wide-ranging
Most hylids show adaptations suitable for an arboreal lifestyle, including forward-facing eyes providing
Hylids mostly feed on insects and other invertebrates, but some larger species can feed on small vertebrates.
Hylids lay their
A few species use fast-flowing streams, attaching the eggs firmly to the substrate. The tadpoles of these species have suckers enabling them to hold on to rocks after they hatch. Another unusual adaptation is found in some South American hylids, which brood the eggs on the back of the female. The tadpoles of most hylid species have laterally placed eyes and broad tails with narrow, filamentous tips.