Hurter's spadefoot toad

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Hurter's spadefoot toad
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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Scaphiopodidae
Genus: Scaphiopus
Species: S. hurterii
Binomial name
Scaphiopus hurterii
Strecker, 1910

Hurter's spadefoot toad or Hurter's spadefoot (Scaphiopus hurteri) is a species of American spadefoot toad (family Scaphiopodidae) found in the south central United States (Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma); its range might extend to the adjacent northern Mexico. It was once classified as a subspecies of the eastern spadefoot toad (Scaphiopus holbrookii), but it has been granted its own species status.[1][2] The specific name hurterii is in honor of the Swiss-American naturalist and curator of the St. Louis Academy of Sciences, Julius Hurter.[3]


The species occurs in areas of sandy, gravelly, or soft, light soils in wooded or unwooded terrain and in sandy open woodland and savanna as well as in mesquite scrub. During periods inactivity it burrows underground. Breeding takes place in temporary pools formed by heavy rains.[1]


  1. ^ a b c IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group (2015). "Scaphiopus hurterii". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2015: e.T59043A53972574. Retrieved 4 January 2016. 
  2. ^ Frost, Darrel R. (2015). "Scaphiopus hurterii Strecker, 1910". Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0. American Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 4 January 2016. 
  3. ^ Bo Beolens; Michael Watkins; Michael Grayson (22 April 2013). The Eponym Dictionary of Amphibians. Pelagic Publishing. p. 164. ISBN 978-1-907807-42-8.