Discoglossus scovazzi
family: Alytidae
subfamily: Discoglossinae
Species Description: Martinez-Solano, I. 2004. Phylogeography of Iberian Discoglossus (Anura: Discoglossidae). Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research 42(4): 298-305

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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: Algeria, Morocco, Spain


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is present throughout much of the Mediterranean zone of Morocco and Ceuta and Melilla (Spain). Confirmation of the species presence in western Algeria is needed. The species reaches elevations of 2,600m asl in the High Atlas mountains.

Habitat and Ecology

The species is associated with streams, cisterns and pools of either fresh or saline water. It breeds in these wetland habitats; females lay a maximum of 1,000 eggs. Terrestrial habitats of the species include Quercus forest, Nerium oleander scrub and ruins. Individuals can often be found hiding under rocks, in crevices and even under the bark of cork oaks (Quercus sp.). It is presumed that the species can withstand some light habitat modification.


The species is generally common in Morocco, most especially in sub humid and humid areas.

Population Trend


Major Threats

The localized loss of breeding sites through agricultural development and increased salinisation in lagoons are the main threats to this species. However, it is not believed to be significantly threatened.

Conservation Actions

The species is listed on Appendix III of the Bern Convention. It is present in some protected areas.

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

This species was removed from the synonymy of Discoglossus pictus (García-París and Jockusch 1999; Fromhage et al. 2004).


Alfredo Salvador, David Donaire-Barroso, Tahar Slimani, El Hassan El Mouden, Philippe Geniez, Valentin Perez-Mellado, Iñigo Martínez-Solano 2009. Discoglossus scovazzi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2009: e.T55272A11266253. .Downloaded on 21 January 2019


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