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Marine Amphibians???

Loren at hgmp.mrc.ac.uk Loren at hgmp.mrc.ac.uk
Wed Aug 1 03:50:59 EST 2001

wwwolf at hgmp.mrc.ac.uk writes:
> Surely there must be some type of marine amphibian in existance today.
> It
> just seems hard to believe that the successful amphibian pathway lost
> the
> ability to regulate salt when it originated in the ocean to begin
> Can anyone find an example???
> Your help would be most appreciated.

You are correct, there appear to be no purely marine amphibians, however
there are several frogs and toads that can live in brackish (estuarine)
habitats (even as tadpoles).  Mostly live in mangrove habitats with
salinity than freshwater.  Bufo marinus is one, Rana cancrivora is

Info on the latter can be found at:

The former, of course, is the toad with the common name, Marine Toad:

Hope this helps,
Loren Coleman

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