Mertensophryne mocquardi

Mertensophryne mocquardi

Mertensophryne mocquardi, Mocquards toad, Mocquard's toad

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Mertensophryne mocquardi

Mertensophryne mocquardi (common names: Mocquards toad , Mocquard's toad) is a species of toad in the family Bufonidae. It is endemic to Kenya and known from Mount Kenya, the Kinangop Plateau, and the highlands surrounding Nairobi. The specific name mocquardi refers to François Mocquard, a French herpetologist. It was put in synonymy of Mertensophryne lonnbergi in 1972, but re-validated in 1997.

Appearance

Mertensophryne mocquardi is a relatively small-sized toad. The tympanum is hidden. The canthus rostralis is angular. No bone ridges are present in the head. The parotoid glands are distinct but not always prominent; they are broad and well separated from the eyelids. The hind limbs are relatively short and have well-developed subarticular tubercles. The toes are about one-third webbed. Skin is granulate or tuberculate above and granulate below. The dorsal colouration varies from yellow to black. A light vertebral stripe is often present.

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References

1. Mertensophryne mocquardi Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mertensophryne_mocquardi
2. Mertensophryne mocquardi on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/54712/18371014

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