Tadpole ID assistance (southeastern WA)

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d_tigrinum
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Tadpole ID assistance (southeastern WA)

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A herpy hello to you all. I'm new to the forum and joined because I am doing baseline herp surveys for a biology program in southeastern WA and have found tadpole/metamorph ID is more challenging than I anticipated. I learned about this forum through the California Herps site, which I have been using heavily for ID (as well as the Washington Herp Atlas). Being pretty new to herps, I have been second-guessing myself a lot, but I believe these photos are of a Great Basin Spadefoot Toad tadpole. It's got the close-set eyes, prominent nostrils, longitudinal sections on the belly, and the color seems right. Would anyone be able to provide their thoughts? Thanks.
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Jeff
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Yes on the spadefoots. Let the water draw down over the next couple of weeks and they should confirm as metamorph spadefoots.
Jeff

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BillMcGighan
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Jeffs recommendation would prove conclusively.

Totally useless to you now, but if you ever work in the east, this can be handy:
https://ashtonbiodiversity.com/home/edu ... mmon-name/

It was started by one of our own herpers a while back.

d_tigrinum
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Thank you both!! Super cool, one of the species I was most hoping to detect!

Thanks for the website, I'm from out East so I'll definitely use it when I go back to visit.

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