Scutiger nyingchiensis
Nyingchi Alpine 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, India, Nepal, Pakistan


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is recorded from Linzhi, Bomi and Yadong Counties, Xizang Zizhiqu, China and from northeastern Pakistan, eastern Nepal and northwestern India. It probably occurs more widely than current records suggest, especially in areas between known sites. It is present at elevations between 3,000 and 5,000m asl.

Habitat and Ecology

An alpine species associated with streams in moist, forested and grassland habitats in hilly areas. It breeds in low-gradient streams and pools, laying eggs under fallen logs or under stones. Tadpoles over-winter.


It lives in groups and is locally common.

Population Trend


Major Threats

The main threats to this species are the diversion of water from breeding streams for agricultural use (irrigation), and water pollution from the use of agrochemicals.

Conservation Actions

Its range probably overlaps at least one protected area.

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

Specimens collected in Pakistan by Annandale (1917) and assigned to Rana pleskei (= Nanorana pleskei) were allocated to Scutiger occidentalis (= Scutiger nyingchiensis) by Dubois (1978, 1987).


Fei Liang, Michael Wai Neng Lau, Sushil Dutta, Annemarie Ohler, Tej Kumar Shrestha 2004. Scutiger nyingchiensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T57619A11664484. .Downloaded on 23 January 2019


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