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Title

Review of the systematics, distribution, biogeography and natural history of Moroccan amphibians

AuthorsBeukema, Wouter; Pous, Philip de; Donaire, David; Bogaerts, Sergé; García Porta, Joan ; Escoriza, Daniel; Arribas, Óscar; El Mouden, El Hassan; Carranza, Salvador
KeywordsIdentification key
Urodela
Anura
Amphibia
Maghreb
North Africa
Tadpole
Issue Date2013
PublisherMagnolia Press
CitationZootaxa 3661(1): 1-60 (2013)
AbstractThe amphibian fauna of the Kingdom of Morocco was traditionally regarded as poor and closely related to its European counterpart. However, an increase in research during the last decades revealed a considerable degree of endemism amongst Moroccan amphibians, as well as phenotypic and genotypic inter- and intraspecific divergence. Despite this increase in knowledge, a comprehensible overview is lacking while several systematic issues have remained unresolved. We herein present a contemporary overview of the distribution, taxonomy and biogeography of Moroccan amphibians. Fourteen fieldtrips were made by the authors and colleagues between 2000 and 2012, which produced a total of 292 new distribution records. Furthermore, based on the results of the present work, we (i) review the systematics of the genus Salamandra in Morocco, including the description of a new subspecies from the Rif- and Middle Atlas Mountains, Salamandra algira splendens ssp. nov.; (ii) present data on intraspecific morphological variability of Pelobates varaldii and Pleurodeles waltl in Morocco; (iii) attempt to resolve the phylogenetic position of Bufo brongersmai and erect a new genus for this species, Barbarophryne gen. nov.; (iv) summarize and assess the availability of tadpole-specific characteristics and bioacoustical data, and (v) summarize natural history data. Copyright © 2013 Magnolia Press.
Publisher version (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.3661.1.1
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/10261/115638
DOI10.11646/zootaxa.3661.1.1
Identifiersdoi: 10.11646/zootaxa.3661.1.1
issn: 1175-5326
e-issn: 1175-5334
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