Frog of the Week

Tyrrhenian Painted Frog (Discoglossus sardus)

Tyrrhenian Painted Frog (Discoglossus sardus)
photo by Todd Pierson

Common Name: Tyrrhenian Painted Frog, Sardinia Painted Frog 
Scientific Name: Discoglossus sardus
Family: Alytidae – Midwife Toad and Painted Frog family
Location: France and Italy
Size: 2 – 3 inches (5 – 7.5 cm)

The Tyrrhenian Painted Frog lives on the islands in the Tyrrhenian Sea, primarily Sardinia and Corsica, as well as a little bit in main land Italy. The frog comes in a variety of colors – brown, gray, red, and black. Member of the genus Discoglossus – the Painted Frogs, have a lighter colored golden part in the upper eye.

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List assesses the Tyrrhenian Painted Frog as Least Concern for Extinction due to their decent sized range and presumed large population. However, there are serious threats to the species. The quality of their habitat is being reduced due to damming of streams and extraction of water from them.

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