The golden toad (Bufo periglenes, also known as Cranopsis periglenes or Incilius periglenes), was a small, shiny, bright true toad that was once abundant in a small region of high-altitude cloud-covered tropical forests, about 4 square kilometres (1.5 sq mi) in area, north of the city of Monteverde, Costa Rica. For this reason, it is sometimes also called the Golden Toad of Monteverde or the Monte Verde toad and is commonly known for being the “poster child” for the Amphibian decline crisis. Other common English names include Alajuela toad and orange toad. They were first described in 1966 by the herpetologist Jay Savage. On 15 May 1989, a single male was found, and not a single B. periglenes is reported to have been seen anywhere in the world since, and it is classified by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as an extinct species. Its sudden extinction might have been caused by chytrid fungus and extensive habitat loss.
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- Partly colored
- Colorful box included
- After 25 years alive again on coin
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|Face Value||2 Dollars|
|Weight||1/2 oz (15.5 g)|
|Scope of Delivery||Capsule, Box / Case, Certificate of Authenticity|
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