This species is distributed in Central Asia from Uzbekistan, and possibly Afghanistan and Tajikistan, eastwards to eastern Kazakhstan, western Mongolia and western Xinjiang and Xizang, China. Confirmation of the presence of this species in Afghanistan is needed. The distribution map for this species is largely based on Stöck et al. (2001). It has an altitudinal range is unknown and might reach elevations over 4,000 m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
Dry steppes, grasslands, semi-deserts and deserts, in mountains from foothills through all altitudinal belts up to the sub alpine meadows. Reproduction and larval development takes place in oasis, ponds and pools. The species may be found in very disturbed habitat.
This is a common species.
There are no major threats to the species. Severe habitat destruction and degradation are potential threats to this species, and the species is also collected for use in traditional medicine.
There are a number of protected areas within the range of this species; it is presumed that Bufotes pewzowi occurs in several of these.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, tolerance of a degree of habitat modification, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
This species was removed from the synonymy of Bufotes (Bufo) viridis by Stöck et. al. (2001), who discussed previous confusion of this tetraploid taxon with Bufotes (Bufo) oblongus, B. danatensis and B. viridis. It is partly in sympatry with B. turanensis, which is sometimes confused with this species. The species was previously treated under Pseudepidalea.
Matthias Stöck, Sergius Kuzmin, Fei Liang, Wang Xiuling, Wang Yuezhao 2015. Bufotes pewzowi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2015: e.T161757A74503748. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2015-1.RLTS.T161757A74503748.en