Data deficient

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Conservation status
Bufo periglenes, the Golden Toad, was last recorded on May 15, 1989
Lower Risk

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and NatureServe status below
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A data deficient (DD)

distribution of the species. It can also indicate uncertainty about the taxonomic classification of an organism; for example, the IUCN classifies the orca as "data deficient" because of the likelihood that two or more types of the whale are separate species.[1]

The IUCN recommends that care be taken to avoid classing species as "data deficient" when the absence of records may indicate dangerously low abundance: "If the range of a taxon is suspected to be relatively circumscribed, if a considerable period of time has elapsed since the last record of the taxon, threatened status may well be justified"[2] (see also precautionary principle).

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