Bufotes balearicus
family: Bufonidae
Species Description: Lanza, B., Andreone, F., Bologna, M.A., Corti, C. and Razzetti, E. 2007. Fauna d'Italia Amphibia. Vol. XLII. Edizioni Calderini de Il Sole 24 ORE Editoria Specializzta S.r.l., Bologna.

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Least Concern (LC)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: France, Italy, Spain


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species ranges through much of Italy, including the island of Sardinia and the easternmost parts of Sicily; it also is present on the island of Corsica (France), and the Balearic Islands of Spain (where it was probably introduced in prehistoric times). Found from sea level to 1,330 m asl in central Italy (Romano et al. 2003; Spilinga 2007).

Habitat and Ecology

It is generally a lowland species. It occupies coastal areas (typically but not exclusively sand dunes), cultivated areas, and suburban and urban areas where it is found in gravel and sand pits, ponds and ditches; also in water tanks in the Balearic Islands.


Common with stable populations in suitable habitats in Italy. Within the Balearic Islands it is common except for on Ibiza. It is declining slowly on Majorca and more rapidly on Ibiza as a result of loss of breeding habitat.

Population Trend


Major Threats

In the Balearic Islands, loss and degradation of breeding habitat has resulted from excessive water abstraction, urbanization, decline of traditional agricultural practices and pollution with agrochemicals. Fragmentation as a result of road construction is also a problem.

Conservation Actions

This species occurs in protected areas. There have been some reintroductions in Ibiza, and some habitat restoration (restoration of water tanks) has been carried out. It is listed on Appendix II of the Bern Convention and Annex IV of the Habitats Directive (as Bufo viridis).

Red List Status

Least Concern (LC)


Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.

Taxonomic Notes

Formerly included in Bufo viridis. In the Fauna d'Italia (Lanza et al. 2007) this species is listed under the name Bufo lineatus.


Roberto Sindaco, Antonio Romano, Iñigo Martínez-Solano 2009. Bufotes balearicus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2009: e.T153567A4517245. .Downloaded on 23 January 2019


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