Scutiger boulengeri
Xizang Alpine Toad, Boulenger's Lazy Toad
family: Megophryidae

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AmphibiaChina 中国两栖类.

Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Least Concern (LC)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: China, India, Nepal



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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is known from northwestern Nepal, and southeastern Qinghai, the eastern and southern part of Xizang, southern Gansu and northwestern Sichuan provinces in western China. It is likely to occur in Bhutan and India, but there are not so far any records. It is found at high elevations of 2,200-5,100m asl.

Habitat and Ecology

It is an alpine species associated with the headwaters of streams, stream banks and the edges of glacial lakes in grassland habitats. It breeds in streams. Information on the development of the tadpoles is given by Song and Huang (1990).


This is a very common species.

Population Trend


Major Threats

The major threats to this species are the diversion of water from breeding streams for agricultural use, and the pollution of waterways and the surrounding land by agrochemicals. Overgrazing might also be a threat in parts of its range.

Conservation Actions

The range of this species overlaps with a few protected areas in the region.

Red List Status

Least Concern (LC)


Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.

Taxonomic Notes

According to Fei et al. (1977), Scutiger alticola is synonymous with S. boulengeri.


Annemarie Ohler, Pranabes Sanyal, Fei Liang, Michael Wai Neng Lau 2004. Scutiger boulengeri. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T57607A11661516. .Downloaded on 23 February 2019


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