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Ghatophryne

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Kingdom  Animalia
Family  Bufonidae
Rank  Genus
Class  Amphibia
Phylum  Chordata
Order  Frog
Ghatophryne
Similar  Frog, Adenomus, Mertensophryne, Poyntonophrynus, Xanthophryne koynayensis

Ghatophryne is a small genus of true toads endemic to the southern Western Ghats, India. The genus was erected in 2009 when the former Ansonia ornata was found to be distinct enough to warrant its own genus; Ansonia rubigina was moved based on its morphological similarity and distribution.

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Description

Ghatophryne are small-sized toads with adult males measuring up to 30 mm (1.2 in) and females up to 35 mm (1.4 in) in snout–vent length. The dorsum is reddish brown; ventrum is dark brownish black with prominent yellowish-orange spots. They do not possess parotoid glands. Fingers are free of webbing whereas the toes are medium webbed. Skin on dorsum has sparsely granular projections, especially on anterior half of the body. Eggs are non-pigmented. Tadpoles have a suctorial disk, an adaptation to mountain streams.

Species

This small genus has two species at present:

  • Ghatophryne ornata (Günther, 1876) — ornate toad, Malabar torrent toad, or black torrent toad
  • Ghatophryne rubigina (Pillai and Pattabiraman, 1981) — Kerala stream toad, Silent Valley torrent toad, or red torrent toad
  • References

    Ghatophryne Wikipedia


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