Betic midwife toad


The Betic Midwife Toad or Sapo Partero Bético (Alytes dickhilleni) is a species of frog in the Discoglossidae family. It is endemic to Spain. Its natural habitats are temperate forests, freshwater marshes, intermittent freshwater marches, pastureland, ponds, and aquaculture ponds. It is threatened by habitat loss.

On January 21, 2008, Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered (EDGE), per chief Helen Meredith identified nature's most weird, wonderful and endangered amphibians: "The EDGE amphibians are amongst the most remarkable and unusual species on the planet and yet an alarming 85% of the top 100 are receiving little or no conservation attention." The top 10 endangered species (in this List of endangered animal species) include: the Chinese giant salamander, a distant relative of the newt, the tiny Gardiner's Seychelles frog, the limbless Sagalla caecilian, South African ghost frogs, lungless Mexican salamanders, the Malagasy rainbow frog, Chile's Darwin frog (Rhinoderma rufum) and the Betic Midwife Toad.

In The UKEdit

The Midwife Toad was introduced into Northants in the early 1900's, its colony is still there and breeding but not spread any distance to colonise any other parts of the UK.

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