Alytes maurus Pasteur and Bons, 1962

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Alytidae > Genus: Alytes > Species: Alytes maurus

Alytes obstetricans maurus Pasteur and Bons, 1962, Bull. Soc. Zool. France, 87: 71. Holotype: MNHNP 5960, by original designation. Type locality: "Talass n 'Tane (Rif près de Bab-Taza)", Morocco.

Alytes (Alytes) obstetricans maurusDubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 12; Llorente, Montori, Santos, and Carretero, 1995, Atlas Amf. Rept. Catalunya Andorra: 59. 

Alytes (Baleaphryne) maurusDonaire-Barroso and Bogaerts, 2003, Butll. Soc. Catalana Herpetol., 16: 25; Martínez-Solano, Gonçalves, Arntzen, and García-París, 2004, J. Biogeograph., 31: 610.

English Names

Moroccan Midwife Toad (Beukema, de Pous, Donaire-Barroso, Bogaerts, Garcia-Porta, Escoriza, Arribas, El Mouden, and Carranza, 2013, Zootaxa, 3661: 31). 

Distribution

Western and central Rif and nearby Middle Atlas mountains in Morocco, 200-2000 m elevation.

Comment

Treated as a subspecies of Alytes obstetricans (and comcomitantly imbedded in that literature) until suggested to be possibly a distinct species by Llorente, Montori, Santos, and Carretero, 1995, Atlas Amf. Rept. Catalunya Andorra: 59; this was subsequently formalized and substantiated by Donaire-Barroso and Bogaerts, 2003, Butll. Soc. Catalana Herpetol., 16: 25-140 (who provided an extensive account), and Martínez-Solano, Gonçalves, Arntzen, and García-París, 2004, J. Biogeograph., 31: 610. See statement of geographic range, habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 614-615.  Beukema, de Pous, Donaire-Barroso, Bogaerts, Garcia-Porta, Escoriza, Arribas, El Mouden, and Carranza, 2013, Zootaxa, 3661: 31-33, provided an account. de Pous, Metallinou, Donaire-Barroso, Carranza, and Sanuy, 2013, Herpetol. J., 23: 153-160, reported on molecular phylogeography. 

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