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Pelobates varaldii (Varaldi's Spadefoot Toad)

Wikipedia Abstract

The Moroccan Spadefoot Toad, Varaldi's Spadefoot Toad, Pélobate De Varaldi, or Pélobate Marocain (Pelobates varaldii) is a species of frog in the Pelobatidae family. It is found in Morocco and possibly Spain. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry shrubland, rivers, intermittent rivers, freshwater marshes, and intermittent freshwater marshes. The species is threatened by habitat loss. According to C.
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Endangered Species

Status: Endangered
View IUCN Record: Pelobates varaldii

EDGE Analysis

The Moroccan spadefoot toad is a burrowing species, spending half the year in a dormant state underground. It is only active in the autumn and winter when it comes to the surface during the night to feet. They do not really hunt for their prey, but rather wait for invertebrates to come to them. This species tends to breed in temporary pools which form after heavy rains. Eggs hatch after a week of being laid and the tadpoles metamorphose in May/June. This species is threatened by habitat destruction and does not occur in man-altered areas. It is especially affected by arable cultivation and livestock farming within its range.
Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 46.36
EDGE Score: 5.94
View EDGE Record: Pelobates varaldii

Biodiversity Hotspots

Name Location Endemic Species Website
Mediterranean Basin Algeria, Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Portugal, Spain, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey Yes

Range Map



Species recognized by , 2009-09-01, ITIS Global: The Integrated Taxonomic Information System in Catalog of Life 2011
Endangered Status provided by IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2 <> Downloaded on 11 April 2013.
Biodiversity Hotspots provided by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
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Abstract provided by DBpedia licensed under a Creative Commons License
EDGE analysis provided by EDGE of Existence programme, Zoological Society of London
Range map provided by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), Conservation International & NatureServe.
Weather provided by NOAA METAR Data Access