Oreolalax major (Liu and Hu, 1960)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Megophryidae > Subfamily: Leptobrachiinae > Genus: Oreolalax > Species: Oreolalax major

Scutiger major Liu and Hu, 1960, Scient. Sinica, 9: 764. Holotype: CIB 570952, by original designation. Type locality: "Mt. Omei [= Mount Emei] (2000 m altitude), Szechwan [=Sichuan]", China.

Scutiger (Oreolalax) majorDubois, 1980, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 49: 480.

Oreolalax majorTian, Jiang, Wu, Hu, Zhao, and Huang, 1986, Handb. Chinese Amph. Rept.: 56; Fei, Ye, and Li, 1989, Acta Zool. Sinica, 35: 387; Fu, Lathrop, and Murphy, 1997, Asiat. Herpetol. Res., 7: 32–37; Fu and Murphy, 1997, Asiat. Herpetol. Res., 7: 38–43; Delorme, Dubois, Grosjean, and Ohler, 2006, Alytes, 24: 12.

Oreolalax (Oreolalax) major — Fei and Ye, 2016, Amph. China, 1: 510. 

English Names

Common Lazy Toad (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 86).

Large Toothed Toad (Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 66).


Montane extreme southern Gansu (Wenxian County), central Sichuan (Beichuan, Baoxing, Emei, Dujiangyan, Hongya, Luding, Pingshan and Wenchuan counties), China, 1600–2150 m elevation. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: China, People's Republic of

Endemic: China, People's Republic of


Related to Scutiger popei according to the original publication. See Liu and Hu, 1961, Tailless Amph. China: 77–80, Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 66, and Fei and Ye, 2001, Color Handbook Amph. Sichuan: 106. See also brief account by Zhao and Yang, 1997, Amph. Rept. Hengduan Mountains Region: 51–52. In the Oreolalax weigoldi group of Fei, Ye, Huang, Jiang, and Xie, 2005, in Fei et al. (eds.), Illust. Key Chinese Amph.: 58, and Wei, Li, Xu, and Jiang, 2007, Chinese J. Zool., 42: 169–173. See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 439. Fei, Hu, Ye, and Huang, 2009, Fauna Sinica, Amph. 2: 115–119, provided an account, spot map, and illustration. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2010, Colored Atlas of Chinese Amph.: 116–117, provided a brief account including photographs of specimens and habitat. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2012, Colored Atlas Chinese Amph. Distr.: 142–143, provided an account, photographs, and a map.  Fei and Ye, 2016, Amph. China, 1: 510–512, provided an account, photograph, and dot map. See comment under Oreolalax weigoldi. Yao and Gong, 2012, Amph. Rept. Gansu: 33–34, provided a brief account and photographs. Huang, Cui, Li, Fan, Yang, Yang, Ni, Li, Yao, Xu, Zeng, Li, Sun, and Zhang, 2020, MtDNA, Part B, 5: 1117–1118, reported on the complete mtDNA genome and the placement of the species phylogenetically within the genus. 

External links:

Please note: these links will take you to external websites not affiliated with the American Museum of Natural History. We are not responsible for their content.