The tadpole of Bufo taitanus is described from material recently collected at the type locality. Tadpoles of B. taitanus possess a crownlike structure on top of the head. Observations suggest that the crown likely acts as an accessory respiratory organ. Development in B. taitanus is rapid with metamorphosis completed after just 13 days. Based on its similarity to tadpoles of Stephopaedes anotis and Mertensophryne micranotis, a close phylogenetic relationship between these three taxa is proposed.
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