Beira toad

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Beira toad
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Bufonidae
Genus: Poyntonophrynus
Species: P. beiranus
Binomial name
Poyntonophrynus beiranus
(Loveridge, 1932)

Bufo taitanus beiranus Loveridge, 1932[2]
Bufo beiranus Loveridge, 1932

The Beira toad or Beira pygmy toad (Poyntonophrynus beiranus) is a species of toad in the family Bufonidae. It is found in two apparently separate areas: the coastal plain of central Mozambique in the flood plain of the Pungwe River north to Thuchila in southern Malawi, and floodplains in the Zambezi catchment area in central and southwestern Zambia.[1][3][4] Its type locality is Beira, Mozambique,[3] hence the name.

Its natural habitats are poorly know, but it is so far known from grassy areas that get flooded during the rains.[1]

Chief threats to the species are from over-extraction of surface waters, and from conversion of certain lands to agriculture.[4]


  1. ^ a b c IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group (2013). "Poyntonophrynus beiranus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (IUCN) 2013: e.T54586A46811247. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2013-2.RLTS.T54586A46811247.en. 
  2. ^ Loveridge, A. (1932). "Eight new toads of the genus Bufo from East and Central Africa". Occasional Papers of the Boston Society of Natural History 8: 43–54. 
  3. ^ a b Frost, Darrel R. (2015). "Poyntonophrynus beiranus (Loveridge, 1932)". Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0. American Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 1 October 2015. 
  4. ^ a b C. Michael Hogan (2014). "Poyntonophrynus beiranus (Loveridge, 1932)". African Amphibians. Retrieved 1 October 2015.