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Mertensophryne lindneri
family: Bufonidae
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Least Concern (LC)
CITES
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, United Republic of

 

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From the Encyclopedia of Life account:

Size

Males measure up to 23 mm and females 34 mm in snout-vent length (Harper et al., 2010).


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Diagnostic Description

This is a small toad with spiny skin and a pointed head. The dorsum is gray-brown with small reddish brown spots. The parotid glands are long and flattened. The ventral surface is light, usually with a distinct dark line from the throat to the vent. Toe and finger tips are pointed, but not expanded and toes are slightly webbed (Text from Harper et al., 2010).


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Comparisons

M. lindneri is similar to other species in the genus, but can be distinguished by the dark line on the ventral surface. The long flat parotid glands also distinguish it from several other species in the genus (Text from Harper et al., 2010).


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Habitat and Ecology

It is found in coastal lowlands including woodland, dry forest and farmland at elevations up to 650 m. It is often associated with areas of sandy soil or rocks and tolerates a small amount of habitat
degradation, being found in areas of low-intensity agriculture (Harper et al., 2010).


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Reproduction

Mode of breeding is unknown, but it is thought to breed in streams or ponds (Text from Harper et al., 2010).


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