This species is restricted to the western and central Rif Mountains and middle Atlas Mountains of Morocco. It is known only from about twenty fragmented localities, from 200-2,050m asl. This species is not present in the North African Spanish enclave of Ceuta (Mateo et al. 2003).
Habitat and Ecology
This species is generally found in humid sites in montane karst and escarpment areas. Adults inhabit cracks and fissures in rocks, or live under stones close to permanent streams, pools, and other waterbodies. Surrounding vegetation may be scrub, cork oak groves, and orchards. It spawns in water, producing approximately 60 eggs at a time (with 3-4 clutches a year), which are then carried around outside the water by the male, who releases the larvae back into water at the point of hatching.
It is locally common in suitable habitat.
The main threat to this species is considered to be the introduction of the predatory fish Gambusia holbrooki to breeding ponds. Domestic water pollution is also a threat to the population in Chauen, although other populations in the surrounding area are not threatened by this contamination. Overall, the threats facing this species are currently localized, and it is not believed to be seriously threatened at present.
It occurs in a number of protected areas.
Red List Status
Near Threatened (NT)
Listed as Near Threatened because although the species appears not to be in decline, its Extent of Occurrence is less than 5000 km2, thus making the species close to qualifying for Vulnerable.
This species was recently separated from Alytes obstetricans (Donaire-Barroso and Bogaerts 2003; Martínez-Solano et al. 2004; Fromhage, Vences and Veith 2004).
David Donaire-Barroso, Alfredo Salvador, Tahar Slimani, El Hassan El Mouden, Iñigo Martínez-Solano 2009. Alytes maurus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2009: e.T55267A11283451. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2009.RLTS.T55267A11283451.en .Downloaded on 22 February 2019