Pelobates varaldii Pasteur and Bons, 1959

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Pelobatidae > Genus: Pelobates > Species: Pelobates varaldii

Pelobates varaldii Pasteur and Bons, 1959, Trav. Inst. Scient. Chérifien, Rabat, Ser. Zool., 17: 117. Holotype: MNHNP, although not recorded as there now (not on online collection database as of 22 Aug 2009—DRF). Type locality: "Merja Samora", Morocco.

English Names

Moroccan Spadefoot Toad (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 96).


Plains of northwestern Morocco from 50 km north of Larache in the north to the coastal marshes of Oualida, below 350 m elevation.


See Busack, Maxson, and Wilson, 1985, Copeia, 1985: 107-112, for evidence of distinctiveness from Pelobates cultripes. See Salvador, 1996, Smithson. Herpetol. Inform. Serv., 109, for account. 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: 467. Lapeña, Barbadillo-Escrivá, and Martínez-Solano, 2011, Herpetol. Rev., 42: 107, provided the northern record in Morocco. Beukema, de Pous, Donaire-Barroso, Bogaerts, Garcia-Porta, Escoriza, Arribas, El Mouden, and Carranza, 2013, Zootaxa, 3661: 46-49, provided an account or Morocco. 

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