Correction of locality records for the endangered arroyo toad (Anaxyrus californicus) from the desert region of southern California

Bulletin of the Southern California Academy of Sciences
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Abstract

The recovery strategy for an endangered species requires accurate knowledge of its distribution and geographic range. Although the best available information is used when developing a recovery plan, uncertainty often remains in regard to a species actual geographic extent. The arroyo toad (Anaxyrus californicus) occurs almost exclusively in coastal drainages, from Monterey County, California, south into northwestern Baja California, Mexico. Through field reconnaissance and the study of preserved museum specimens we determined that the four reported populations of the arroyo toad from the Sonoran Desert region of Riverside, San Diego, and Imperial counties, California are in error. Two additional sites in the Sonoran Desert are discussed regarding the possibility that the arroyo toad occurs there. We recommend the continued scrutiny of arroyo toad records to maintain a high level of accuracy of its distribution and geographic extent.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Correction of locality records for the endangered arroyo toad (Anaxyrus californicus) from the desert region of southern California
Series title Bulletin of the Southern California Academy of Sciences
DOI 10.3160/0038-3872-112.3.197
Volume 112
Issue 3
Year Published 2013
Language English
Publisher Southern California Academy of Sciences
Publisher location Los Angeles, CA
Contributing office(s) Western Ecological Research Center
Description 9 p.
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Bulletin of the Southern California Academy of Sciences
First page 197
Last page 205
Country United States
State California