Scutiger mammatus
Chest Spiny Cat-eyed Toad
family: Megophryidae

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


View distribution map using BerkeleyMapper.


From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is known from southeastern Qinghai, western Sichuan, eastern Xizang and northwestern Yunnan provinces in western China, from 2,600-4,200m asl.

Habitat and Ecology

It inhabits small to medium sized low-gradient streams, seepages and spring-fed marshes in sub-alpine and alpine areas. The surrounding habitats may include cultivated fields, forests, shrublands, grasslands and/or only sparse vegetation. It breeds in freshwater.


This is a very common species.

Population Trend


Major Threats

There are no threats known, expect perhaps overgrazing.

Conservation Actions

A lot of protected areas are present within the range of this species.

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

Zhao and Jiang (1982) and Zhao and Adler (1993) considered Scutiger ruginosus to be a separate species from S. mammatus. Fei et al. (1986) considered S. ruginosus to be a polymorphic form of S. gladulatus and S. mammatus. Here we consider S. ruginosus to be a synonym of S. mammatus pending further taxonomic work.


Fei Liang, Michael Wai Neng Lau, Wu Guanfu, Wang Yuezhao 2004. Scutiger mammatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T57615A11663690. .Downloaded on 23 January 2019


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