This species is restricted to western, southern and eastern Morocco, ranging into northern Western Sahara and north-western Algeria, from sea level to 1,600m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It is present in semi-arid, hilly areas with Argania spinosa, Euphorbia, and graminaceous vegetation. It may be found in ploughed fields (Schleich, Kästle and Kabisch 1996), and hides beneath stones during the day. The temporary ponds that it breeds in are mostly located in rocky areas, and it has been observed in artificial waterbodies (such as dammed temporary rivers).
It can be abundant in suitable habitat, but is in decline as its habitats are being lost.
It is threatened through much of its range by increased aridity, pollution and drainage of its breeding habitats.
This species is present in Parc National de Souss-Massa but is not protected by national legislation. It can be bred successfully in captivity.
Red List Status
Near Threatened (NT)
Listed as Near Threatened because this species is probably in significant decline (but probably at a rate of less than 30% over ten years) because of serious habitat degradation through most of its range, thus making the species close to qualifying for Vulnerable.
Alfredo Salvador, David Donaire-Barroso, El Hassan El Mouden, Tahar Slimani, Philippe Geniez, José Mateo 2006. Barbarophryne brongersmai. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2006: e.T54594A11158438. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2006.RLTS.T54594A11158438.en