Toad Tuesday

Nimba Toad (Nimbaphrynoides occidentalis)

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photo by Laura Sandberger-Loua

critically endangered

Common Name: Nimba Toad
Scientific Name: Nimbaphrynoides occidentalis
Family: Bufonidae – True Toad family
Locations: Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, and Liberia
Size:1.1 inches (28.7 mm)

The Nimba Toad spend most of their time during the dry season underground and dormant from November to March. Males can call anytime during the wet season but prefer September. The Nimba Toad is one of the only viviparous species of toads, meaning that the female toad gives birth to live toadlets. Between 4-35 toadlets are given birth to.

There are two subspecies of the Nimba Toad – Western Nimba Toad (Nimbaphrynoides occidentalis occidentalis) and the Liberia Nimba Toad (Nimbaphrynoides occidentalis liberiensis). The Western Nimba Toad is significantly smaller than the Liberia Nimba Toad. The Liberia Nimba Toad is found in Liberia while the Western Nimba Toad is found in Guinea and the Cote d’Ivoire.

The Nimba Toad is listed as critically endangered due to mining operations. The type location for the toad has become an open mining pit.

 

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