Inyanga toad

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Inyanga toad
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Bufonidae
Genus: Vandijkophrynus
Species: V. inyangae
Binomial name
Vandijkophrynus inyangae
(Poynton, 1963)
Synonyms

Bufo gariepensis inyangae Poynton, 1963
Bufo inyangae Poynton, 1963

The Inyanga toad or Inyangani toad (Vandijkophrynus inyangae) is a species of toad in the family Bufonidae. It is known from the Inyanga Mountains of eastern Zimbabwe at elevations of 2,400–2,560 m (7,870–8,400 ft) asl; it is expected to occur in the adjacent Mozambique but has not been recorded there, probably because of lack of surveys.[1][2] Originally described as a subspecies of Bufo gariepensis (now Vandijkophrynus gariepensis), most recent treatments have treated it as a full species.[2]

Natural habitats of these toads are montane grasslands with granite outcrops. They hide under stones, in cracks in the granite, and in rodent burrows. Breeding takes place in temporary pools.[1]

The species is hard to find but appears to be fairly common within its very limited range. Its habitat is relatively intact, but there is a risk of habitat loss from wood plantations, overgrazing by livestock, and human settlement. It occurs in the Nyanga National Park.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Poynton, J.C. & Tandy, M. (2004). "Vandijkophrynus inyangae". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2004: e.T54671A11184340. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T54671A11184340.en. 
  2. ^ a b Frost, Darrel R. (2015). "Vandijkophrynus inyangae (Poynton, 1963)". Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0. American Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 19 October 2015.