Later that day as we drove between parts of Yosemite National Park and Mono Lake, whenever we'd briefly have a cellphone data signal I searched for specific information that would help me ascertain whether I had in fact finally come across the threatened Yosemite Toad. I found a paper that described the decline of this species over the years in a number of specific locations, including the very lake where I found this one. So though I was happy to clarify the identification, it was depressing to consider how this is one of the many amphibian species whose populations have been drastically reduced in recent decades, and might not be around for much longer.
- Elliott, L., Gerhardt, C. and Davidson, C. 2009. The Frogs and Toads of North America
- Stebbins, R. C. 1972. California Reptiles and Amphibians
- Stebbins, R. C. 2003. Peterson Field Guide to Western Reptiles and Amphibians, Third Edition