Sunday, January 25, 2015

Asian common toad (Duttaphrynus melanostictus)

English: Asian common toad
Binomial Name: Duttaphrynus melanostictus/Bufo melanostictus
Sinhala: ගෙයි ගෙම්බා [Gei gemba]

Considered as the commonest frog of Sri Lanka. It can be seen close to human habitats and difficult to find in the wild. This species has been widely distributed in other Asian countries and it is categorized as "Least Concern" in IUCN Red List. It has prominent, kidney-shaped parotoid glands that secrete toxins which used to deter predators.

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