Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Amphibia

Order: Anura

Family: Pipidae

Genus: Xenopus

Species: X. laevis

Specimen Description

The head of Xenopus laevis is wedge-shaped and smaller than the body. It has a unique morphology because it lacks a tongue and a visible ear. It has two small eyes found on the top of the head and no eyelids, enabling them to see and breathe but without being spotted.

About the animal

The African Clawed Frog is a large species of flat Frog that is primarily found dwelling at the bottom of lakes and rivers. The African Clawed Frog is also known as the Platanna and has a number of very unique features that mean it is specially adapted to its habitat. The African Clawed Frog is thought to have originated in South Africa, and is today found naturally across the African continent. The average adult African Clawed Frog grows to about 12 cm in length. The African Clawed Frog is often a greenish, grey colour although other colours along with its mottled pattern, gives it more camouflage. They have a line of stitch-marks along either side of their bodies which act as sense organs to detect prey in the surrounding water.