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Photo © Philip Kahn, some rights reserved
Joshua Tree National Park (Google, OSM)
33.8700121, -115.7575196
Accuracy: 68306m
open
May. 02, 2012 20:03:40 -0700
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Arroyo Toad - Photo (c) Pacific Southwest Region U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, some rights reserved (CC BY)
tigerhawkvok's ID: Arroyo Toad (Anaxyrus californicus)
Posted by tigerhawkvok over 2 years ago (Flag)
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Red-spotted Toad - Photo (c) Pompilid, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA)
loarie's ID: Red-spotted Toad (Anaxyrus punctatus)

You sure this isn't red spotted toad? Check out the possibilities:
http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/identotron?observation_id=73799#q=&place=917&taxon=64747

Posted by loarie over 2 years ago (Flag)
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It's not as heavily red as other A. punctatus I've seen, and the parotoids are intermediate in size. The leg banding is also intermediate from what my field guide pictures illustrate/suggest. I leaned in this direction, but I was toying with punctatus as a candidate.

Posted by tigerhawkvok over 2 years ago (Flag)
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Arroyo Toad is very rare and limited in range so I'd be surprised to see it out there, though of course it is possible. They live in gravely stream areas, that aren't necessarily running all year but do need a fair bit of water. You'd have to be near a fairly major wash in Joshua Tree to get close to the right habitat, I think.

Posted by charlie over 2 years ago (Flag)
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Hmm - interesting - would be great to finally confirm a Red Spotted Toad from CA, maybe someone else can chime in on this?

Posted by loarie over 2 years ago (Flag)
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Red-spotted Toad - Photo (c) Pompilid, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA)
gregpauly's ID: Red-spotted Toad (Anaxyrus punctatus)

Punctatus can be really variable with the amount of red, so I am not surprised to see one with so much gray. Arroyo Toads have a very blunt snout and this one has a much more pointed snout, consistent with punctatus. Also, Arroyo Toads are only known from a handful of desert streams, whereas punctatus is widespread in desert springs and washes.

Posted by gregpauly over 1 year ago (Flag)
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Red-spotted Toad - Photo (c) Pompilid, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA)
jmaughn's ID: Red-spotted Toad (Anaxyrus punctatus)
Posted by jmaughn about 1 year ago (Flag)
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Red-spotted Toad - Photo (c) Pompilid, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA)
tigerhawkvok's ID: Red-spotted Toad (Anaxyrus punctatus)
Posted by tigerhawkvok 11 months ago (Flag)
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Red-spotted Toad - Photo (c) Pompilid, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA)
tigerhawkvok's ID: Red-spotted Toad (Anaxyrus punctatus)
Red-spotted Toad - Photo (c) Pompilid, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA)
Community ID: Red-spotted Toad (Anaxyrus punctatus)
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