Western Cane Toad

Rhinella horribilis

"Rhinella horribilis" is the scientific name used for populations of the cane toad or giant toad located in Mesoamerica and north-western South America when they are considered to be a separate species from "Rhinella marina", a name which is then mostly restricted to Amazon basin populations.
Rhinella horribilis, San Cipriano Reserve, Colombia Found at night in San Cipriano near a small stream. This species is huge, about the size of a human hand, and seems oblivious to being discovered.

Taxonomy note: These days, Rhinella horribilis is considered a separate species from Rhinella marina. It's quite possible that in our set of Rhinella marina photos, some (in hindsight) are Rhinella horribilis. Colombia,Colombia 2022,Geotagged,Rhinella horribilis,San Cipriano Reserve,South America,Summer,World

Naming

"R. horribilis" was originally described from Mexico as "Bufo horribilis" before later being considered a synonym of "Bufo marina" and later "Rhinella marina". The specific epithet "horribilis" has now been revived after a 2016 study argued that these populations in fact make up two separate species.

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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionChordata
ClassAmphibia
OrderAnura
FamilyBufonidae
GenusRhinella
SpeciesR. horribilis
Photographed in
Colombia