WASHINGTON (CN) – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is launching a 12-month review of the status of Amargosa toad to determine if the species warrants listing under the Endangered Species Act. Non-native bullfrogs and crayfish appear to be bullying the toads, despite their name, which means “bitter.”
The petition for listing submitted by the Center for Biological Diversity and Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility has already passed its 90 day review.
The Amargosa toad only lives in Oasis Valley, Nevada, along a 10-mile stretch of the Amargosa River. According the listing request, the major threats to the toad include water diversion and use, habitat degradation and loss, and non-native predators such as the bullfrog and crayfish.