Frog of the Week

Mallorcan Midwife Toad (Alytes muletensis)

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photo by tuurio and wallie

vulnerable
Common Name: Mallorcan Midwife Toad
Scientific Name: Alytes muletensis
Family: Alytidae
Location: Spain
Size: 1.5 inches or 38 mm

The Mallorcan Midwife Toad is only found on the island of Mallorca in Spain. Interestingly, the toad was originally discovered from a fossil and then after two years, the first living ones were found. Like other Midwife Toads, the male toads carry around their eggs until they hatch. It is how they got their name. Chytrid Fungus and Invasive animals that have been brought to the island from the mainland has devastated the populations of the Mallorcan Midwife Toad. The future doesn’t look great for these toads.

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