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Amphibians of San Diego County

Reptiles of Baja California | Amphibians of Baja California | Herpetology | BRCC | Field Guide

Introduced species are marked with an asterisk (*).

Lungless Salamanders: Family Plethodontidae
Arboreal Salamander Aneides lugubris
Garden Slender Salamander Batrachoseps major
Monterey Ensatina Ensatina eschscholtzii eschscholtzii
Large-blotched Ensatina Ensatina eschscholtzii klauberi
Newts: Family Salamandridae
California Newt Taricha torosa

True Toads: Family Bufonidae
Western Toad Bufo boreas
Arroyo Toad Bufo californicus
Red-spotted Toad Bufo punctatus
Tree Frogs: Family Hylidae
California Treefrog Pseudacris cadaverina (=Hyla cadaverina)
Pacific Treefrog Pseudacris regilla (=Hyla regilla)
Spadefoot Toads: Family Pelobatidae
Western Spadefoot Spea hammondii
Tongueless Frogs: Family Pipidae
African Clawed Frog Xenopus laevis*
True Frogs: Family Ranidae
Red-legged Frog Rana aurora (probably extirpated)
American Bullfrog Rana catesbeiana*
Mountain Yellow-legged Frog Rana muscosa (extirpated)


1) Crother, Brian I. (Chair). 2000. Scientific and Standard English Names of Amphibians and Reptiles of North America North of Mexico, With Comments Regarding Confidence In Our Understanding. SSAR Herpetological Circular No. 29.
2) Collins, Joseph T. 1997. Standard Common and Current Scientific Names for North American Amphibians and Reptiles, 4th ed, SSAR Herpetological Circular No. 25.
3) Frank, Norman and Erica Ramus. 1996. A Complete Guide to Scientific and Common Names of Reptiles and Amphibians of the World. N G Publishing, Pottsville, Pennsylvania. 377 p.
4) Grismer, L. Lee. 2002. Amphibians and Reptiles of Baja California, Its Pacific Islands, and the Islands in the Sea of Cortes. University of California Press. 409 pp.
5) Liner, Ernest A. 1994. Scientific and Common Names for the Amphibians and Reptiles of Mexico in English and Spanish. SSAR Herpetological Circular No. 23.
6) San Diego Herpetological Society Special Publication No.3.
7) Sloan, Allan J. 1964. Amphibians of San Diego County. Occas. Pap. San Diego Soc. Nat. Hist. 13:1-40.
8) Stebbins, Robert C. 1985. A Field Guide to Western Reptiles and Amphibians. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, Massachusetts. 336 p.
9) Stephens, Frank. 1921. An annotated list of the amphibians and reptiles of San Diego County, California. Trans. San Dieoo Soc. Nat. Hist. 3(4):59-69
10) San Diego Natural History Museum Database

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