Tag Archives: Bufonidae

The genus Rhinella ranges from southern Texas (USA) and southern Sonora (Mexico) southward through tropical Mexico and Central America to southern South America. The Marine Toad, Rhinella marina, has been introduced into the Antilles, Hawaii, Fiji, Philippines, Taiwan, Ryukyu Is. (Japan), New Guinea, Australia, and many Pacific islands. Rhinella contains about 72 species. The genus…

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The American Toad, Anaxyrus americanus, is the most commonly encountered member of the Bufonidae in parts of North America. They range from Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec, the Maritime Provinces, and southern Newfoundland southward to the northern edge of the Gulf Coastal Plain. They are terrestrial and use forests as well as moer open habitats including fields,…

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The Sonoran Desert Toad (Incilius alvarius) may be the least studied, yet the most interesting toad in the USA. They range from extreme southwestern New Mexico  throughout southern Arizona to southeastern California, and are endemic to the Sonoran Biotic Province. They are considered common in the Tucson area Arizona they appear to be in decline…

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  • Cobras - Cytotoxicity as a Defensive Innovation and Its Co-Evolution with Hooding, Aposematic Marking, and Spitting March 15, 2017
    Bryan Frye and a cobra.A University of Queensland-led international study has revealed how one of the world's most feared types of snakes -- cobras -- developed their potent venom.Associate Professor Bryan Fry of UQ's School of Biological Sciences said cobras were killers in Africa and Asia, and caused crippling social and economic burdens through the […]
  • Hypsiboas punctatus, the first fluorescent frog March 13, 2017
    Before and after. The polka-dot tree frog in natural light (top) and under UV (bottom.)Photo credit: Julian Faivovich & Carlos Taboada The first fluorescent frogs have been discovered in South America. The green fluorescence is due to a compound found in the lymph and skin glands of the polka-dot treefrog (Hypsiboas punctatus). At twilight, the phenomenon enhances the frogs’ […]
  • A new homalopsid snake from Myanmar March 11, 2017
    Gyiophis salweenensis Photo credit. Evan QuahThe 54th species of homalopid snake has been described by Quah et al. (2017). The new species, Gyiophis salweenensis was described from the lowlands of Mawlamyine District in Mon state, southeastern Myanmar. The authors suggest that Gyiophis salweenensis  is presumed to be closely related to G. maculosa Blanford and G. […]