Chuanbei Toothed Toad
The male is 53 mm and the female is 58 mm in body length. This species has vertical pupils. The tympanum is hidden. Maxillary teeth are developed. The back is full of spiny tubercles. The male has spines on the upper back, nuptial spines on the first and second finger, and a pair of large spiny clusters on the chest. Spines are thin and dense. The hind legs are relatively long, with the tibiotarsal articulation extending to the eye. Digit tips are rounded. The sides of the toes have extremely wide fringes, and the fourth toe is 1/3 webbed. The dorsum is grayish yellow with loosely dispersed circular black spots. The dorsal surface of the limbs have 4-6 yellow horizontal bands. The sides of the ventrum and the ventral surface of the limbs have sparse piebald markings.
Tadpoles are 65 mm long, with a head length of 25.9 mm. The body is palm brown. The labial tooth row formula is I:4-4/I:4-4. The center of the upper lip lacks 2-3 papillae. Additional papillae are present on the corners of the mouth (Fei 1999).
Distribution and Habitat
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Trends and Threats
Possible reasons for amphibian decline
General habitat alteration and loss
Fei, L. (1999). Atlas of Amphibians of China. Henan Publishing House of Science and Technology, Zhengzhou.
IUCN, Conservation International, and NatureServe. 2006. Global Amphibian Assessment. www.globalamphibians.org. Accessed on 06 July 2007.
Written by Sijie Mao (smao AT berkeley.edu), URAP
First submitted 2007-05-17
Edited by Kellie Whittaker (2008-02-03)
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