Oreolalax pingii (Liu, 1943)
Ping's Toothed Toad
The male is 47 mm and the female is 52 mm in body length. This species has vertical pupils. The tympanum is hidden. Maxillary teeth are developed. The dorsum has loose, thick skin which is relatively smooth with small tubercles. A longitudinal skin groove extends down the midline of the lower back to the anus. The back legs are short, with the tibiotarsal articulation extending only to the corner of the mouth. Digit tips are rounded. The toes have slight webbing, and the sides of the toes are fringed. The dorsum is light palm or a greenish palm, with black tubercles, while the ventrum is grayish white. The interorbital space lacks a triangular mark. Limbs are often banded. The male has sparsely distributed black spines on the dorsal surface of the upper arm, and thick, dense nuptial spines on the first and second finger, as well as a pair of relatively small spiny clusters on the chest.
Tadpoles are 64 mm in total body length and 25 mm in head length. The back is black while the tail is relatively light in color. The labial tooth row formula is I: 4-4/I: 4-4. The center of the upper lip lacks three papillae. Small teeth are present on the additional papillae at the corners of the mouth (Fei 1999).
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: China
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.
Originally submitted by: Sijie Mao (first posted 2007-05-03)
Edited by: Kellie Whittaker (2008-02-03)
Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2008 Oreolalax pingii: Ping's Toothed Toad <https://amphibiaweb.org/species/5307> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Mar 26, 2023.
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