The Egyptian Toad, Sclerophrys regularis (Reuss, 1833) at Sharm El-Sheikh, with Comments on Amphibians of the Sinai Peninsula

L. J. Borkin, A. I. Goncharov, S. N. Litvinchuk


The Egyptian toad, Sclerophrys regularis (Reuss, 1833) was observed in the palm grove in «Old town» of Sharm el-Sheikh, the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula, in September 2014. Local population consisted of numerous animals of different ages (with body sizes ranged from 2 – 3 to 6 – 7 cm). This is a new case of the introduction of amphibians to Sinai. All previously published Sinaitic records of five amphibian species are discussed in terms of taxonomy, distribution and zoogeographic affinity. Two sources of invasions, from the east (Gaza Strip and Israel) and from the west (Nile Valley), are considered.


amphibians; the Egyptian toad; Sclerophrys regularis; the Sinai Peninsula

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