IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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Scutiger mammatus (known as the Tungsolo lazy toad or chest spiny cat-eyed toad) is a very common species known from southeastern Qinghai, western Sichuan, eastern Xizang and northwestern Yunnan provinces in western China, from 2,600-4,200m asl.  It inhabits small to medium sized low-gradient streams, seepages and spring-fed marshes in sub-alpine and alpine areas. The surrounding habitats may include cultivated fields, forests, shrublands, grasslands and/or only sparse vegetation. It breeds in freshwater.

There are no threats known to Scutiger mammatus expect perhaps overgrazing, and a lot of protected areas are present within the range of this species.  The IUCN lists it as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.

Taxonomic note: Zhao and Jiang (1982) and Zhao and Adler (1993) considered Scutiger ruginosus to be a separate species from S. mammatus. Fei et al. (1986) considered S. ruginosus to be a polymorphic form of S. gladulatus and S. mammatus.   we consider S. ruginosus to be a synonym of S. mammatus pending further taxonomic work.

Fei Liang, Michael Wai Neng Lau, Wu Guanfu, Wang Yuezhao. 2004. Scutiger mammatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T57615A11663690. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T57615A11663690.en. Downloaded on 28 September 2016.

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