Melanistic (?) Bufo bufo

Melanistic (?) Bufo bufo

Postby Alexander Pieh » Wed Jul 03, 2019 1:56 pm

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melanistic Bufo bufo hatchling
Dear all,
has anybody ever seen a melanistic adult Bufo bufo?
I have found this hatchling in June near Riparbella (Tuscany). Even the eye was black. Hundreds of other hatchlings had the normal brown colouration.
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Re: Melanistic (?) Bufo bufo

Postby Michal Szkudlarek » Wed Jul 03, 2019 3:58 pm

Yes, It is either axanthism or melanism. I have seen something like this as well but in a gravel pit- this mutation might have been caused by chemicals that were used in the gravel pit.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6cbfkG95-U

My short publication about it has recently been published- I have just sent it to Mario so I hope you will soon be able to find it in the literature database.
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Re: Melanistic (?) Bufo bufo

Postby Alexander Pieh » Thu Jul 04, 2019 10:02 am

Thank you Michal,
my hatchling looked as black as yours. I didn´t want to manipulate the original image. Please send me a pdf of your Article.
Attached the second highlight of that trip (familyholidays).
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Re: Melanistic (?) Bufo bufo

Postby Michal Szkudlarek » Thu Jul 04, 2019 8:39 pm

The PDF is already in the database http://vipersgarden.at/PDF_files/PDF-14687.pdf
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