Rhinella atacamensis

Rhinella atacamensis

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Rhinella atacamensis

Rhinella atacamensis, sometimes called the Vallenar toad or Atacama toad, is a species of toad in the family Bufonidae. It is endemic to Chile and occurs between Paposo and Las Chilcas . It inhabits the desert Pacific coastal region with Mediterranean influences and is found in and near oases and streams. Breeding takes place in permanent pools, streams, and rivers. While abundant at a few sites, it has declined overall and gone locally extinct at some sites. Threats to this species include extensive droughts and water pollution as well as extraction of surface water, mining, agriculture, livestock farming, and timber plantations.

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1. Rhinella atacamensis Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhinella_atacamensis
2. Rhinella atacamensis on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/3177/79808774

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