Frog of the Week

Fowler’s Toad (Anaxyrus fowleri)

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photo by Jimpaz

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Common Name: Fowler’s Toad
Scientific Name: Anaxyrus fowleri
Family: Bufonidae
Location: Canada and the United States
US Location: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Vermont, West Virginia
Size: 3.75 inches

The Fowler’s Toad is named in honor after naturalist Samuel Page Fowler, who formed the Essex County Natural History Society, which became the Essex Institute and merged Peabody Museum of Salem to form the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts. The Fowler’s Toad is found mostly in the eastern United States and barely in southern Canada. They breed during summer, from June to August, and the farther south they are, the later they breed. They can lay between 2000 to 10000 eggs in a clutch.

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Harlequin Toads (Atelopus)

 

 

Family: Bufonidae
Number of Species: 97
Location: Central and South America

The members of the genus Atelopus are commonly referred to as the Harlequin Toads or Stubfoot Toads. There are many members of the genus but the majority of them are endangered of becoming extinct. Many species in the genus haven’t been seen in decades. The main culprit of their status is Chytrid Fungus, a deadly fungal pathogen that affects amphibians. Also habitat lose, pollution, and invasive species are also not helping these toads. These toads are often brightly colored and beautiful so it would be shame if they went extinct.

 

Frog or Toad

Frog or Toad 4/3/18

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Can you tell if this is a frog or a toad? Try to make a guess below! If you need some tips read this. Also if you want to know what exactly are the differences between frogs and toads, read this! Answer will be posted tomorrow!

 

Frog or Toad

Answer to Frog or Toad 3/27/18

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It is time to reveal the answer to this week’s frog or toad. The answer is…FROG. It is an Archey’s Frog (Leiopelma archeyi)! The Archey’s Frog is native to New Zealand and is critically endangered.

The Archey’s Frog lacks a parotoid gland behind its eye. Its body is also fairly slender, smooth, and doesn’t have any warts. That’s some tips to tell it is a frog.

Tune in next week for the next Frog or Toad #FrogOrToad

 

Frog or Toad

Frog or Toad 3/27/18

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Can you tell if this is a frog or a toad? Try to make a guess below! If you need some tips read this. Also if you want to know what exactly are the differences between frogs and toads, read this! Answer will be posted tomorrow!

Frog or Toad

Answer to Frog or Toad 3/20/18

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The answer to this week’s frog or toad is TOAD. It is a Borean Rainbow Toad (Ansonia latidisca) from the family Bufonidae – the True Toads. Its obviously found in Borneo and is listed as endangered by the IUCN.

Best way to tell its a toad is the dry, warty skin. The parotoid gland is not large enough to be noticed. The members of the genus Ansonia all have a more slender body, and are often called the slender toads.

Frog or Toad

Frog or Toad 3/20/18

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Happy World Frog Day. It is time to play Frog or Toad where you try your best if you can tell if the anuran I post a picture of is a frog or a toad. If you need some tips read this. Also if you want to know what exactly are the differences between frogs and toads, read this! Answer will be posted tomorrow!

Frog or Toad

Frog or Toad 3/13/18

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Can you tell if this is a frog or a toad? Try to make a guess below! If you need some tips read this. Also if you want to know what exactly are the differences between frogs and toads, read this! Answer will be posted tomorrow!

 

Frog or Toad

Frog or Toad 3/6/18

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Can you tell if this is a frog or a toad? Try to make a guess below! If you need some tips read this. Also if you want to know what exactly are the differences between frogs and toads, read this! Answer will be posted tomorrow!

New Species

New Frogs Species of February 2018

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New Marsupial Frog species Fritziana izecksohni from Brazil. Journal Article

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Two new species of frogs (Anomaloglossus blanci and Anomaloglossus dewynteri) found in French Guiana.  Journal Article

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Red-eyed Snouted Treefrog (Scinax ruberoculatus) is found in Brazil. Article – https://peerj.com/articles/4321/

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New Microhylid species (Uperodon rohani) from Sri Lanka. Journal Article

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Four new species of Mongrel Frogs (Nothophryne baylissi, Nothophryne inagoensis, Nothophryne ribauensis, Nothophryne unilurio) found in Mozambique. Journal Article

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New species of Nurse Frog (Allobates juami) from the Amazon. Journal Article

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Tenasserim Cave Frog (Siamophryne troglodytes) is a new Microhylid frog from Thailand. The researchers who discovered the species suggest it to be listed as endangered already. Journal Article

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New frog species (Physalaemus carrizorum) from Argentina. Journal Article

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New frog species (Psychrophrynella glauca) from the Andes in Peru. Journal Article

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New species of frog, named after Jodi Rowley, Rowley’s Litter Frog (Leptolalax rowleyae) found in Vietnam. Journal Article
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New Tree Frog species (Hyperolius stictus) from Colombia and Venezuela. Journal Article

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New Reed Frog (Hyloscirtus japreria) from Mozambique. Journal Article 

 

Two new species of stream toads (Ansonia phuketensis and Ansonia pilokensis) from Thailand Journal Article