‘Extinct’ Toad Rediscovered in Sri Lanka

Thought to have disappeared over 100 years ago

Adam Roy

Researchers in Sri Lanka’s forests have discovered a rare species of toad thought to have disappeared over a century ago. Last seen in 1876, scientists presumed that the Sri Lankan Kandyan dwarf toad was extinct until an expedition from the Herpetological Foundation of Sri Lanka discovered four of the amphibians in a stream, according to a paper published this month in Zootaxa. A second trip to the area yielded some 100 specimens. Although the toad is no longer thought to be extinct, it will still be classified as endagered due to increasing human encroachment into its habitat.

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