Discoglossus scovazzi Camerano, 1878

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Alytidae > Genus: Discoglossus > Species: Discoglossus scovazzi

Discoglossus scovazzi Camerano, 1878, Atti Accad. Sci. Torino, Cl. Sci. Fis. Mat. Nat., 13: 548. Syntypes: 17 specimens, including MZUT An278 (Tetuan) and 280 (Tangier), by original designation. Also including BMNH 1920.1.20.535a,g (reregistered as 1947.2.25.77–78), according to museum records. Type localities: "Tetuan", "Tangeri" (= Tangier), and "Mogador", Morocco.

Discoglossus pictus scovazziLanza, Nascetti, Capula, and Bullini, 1986, Bull. Soc. Herpetol. France, 40: 16; Gavetti and Andreone, 1993, Cat. Mus. Reg. Sci. Nat., Torino, 10: 39.

Discoglossus scovazziMartínez-Solano, 2004, J. Zool. Syst. Evol. Res., 42: 298; Fromhage, Vences, and Veith, 2004, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 31: 321.

English Names

Moroccan Painted Frog (Beukema, de Pous, Donaire-Barroso, Bogaerts, Garcia-Porta, Escoriza, Arribas, El Mouden, and Carranza, 2013, Zootaxa, 3661: 33). 


Mediterranean Morocco (southwest to Noun on the Atlantic coast) and North African Spanish territories of Melilla and Ceuta, below 2600 m elevation; possible relict population in the Saoura Valley of southwestern Algeria (see comment).

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Algeria, Morocco, Spain


Removed from the synonymy of Discoglossus pictus by Martínez-Solano, 2004, J. Zool. Syst. Evol. Res., 42: 298-305, and Fromhage, Vences, and Veith, 2004, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 31: 321, where it had been placed by Lataste, 1879, Act. Soc. Linn. Bordeaux, Ser. 4, 3: 275-342; Boulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 445. See comment under Discoglossus pictusBeukema, de Pous, Donaire-Barroso, Bogaerts, Garcia-Porta, Escoriza, Arribas, El Mouden, and Carranza, 2013, Zootaxa, 3661: 33-35, provided an account. Reques, Pleguezuelos, Busack, and de Pous, 2013, Basic & Appl. Herpetol., 27: 23–50, discussed the range and conservation status in Morocco. Mateo, Géniez, and Pether, 2013, Basic & Appl. Herpetol., 27: 51–83, provided a range map, comments on the range and population status in Algeria. Vences, de Pous, Nicolas, Díaz-Rodríguez, Donaire-Barroso, Hugemann, Hauswaldt, Amat, Barnestein, Bogaerts, Bouazza, Carranza, Galán, González de la Vega, Joger, Lansari, El Mouden, Ohler, Sanuy, Slimani, and Tejedo, 2014, Amphibia-Reptilia, 35: 305-320, reported on molecular phylogenetics. Mediani, Brito, and Fahd, 2015, Basic & Appl. Herpetol., 29: 81–107, provided a dot map for northern Morocco. See Bouazza, El Mouden, and Rihane, 2021, Herpetol. Notes, 14: 3, who doubted the Algerian record based on biogeographic grounds. See detailed account by Escoriza and Ben Hassine, 2019, Amph. N. Afr.: 132–138. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 38–39, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. See Dufresnes, 2019, Amph. Eur., N. Afr., & Middle East: 36, for brief summary of range, identifying morphology, and biology as well as a photograph. García-Cardenete, Flores, Yubero, and Rodríguez-Rodríguez, 2019, Bol. Asoc. Herpetol. Esp., 30: 50–53, provided a record (Noun) in southwestern Morocco and mapped the southwestern part of the range of the species. Mabrouki, Taybi, Skalli, and Sánchez-Vialas, 2019, Basic & Appl. Herpetol., 33: 19–32, commented on and mapped the species in the Mouloua River Basin and adjacent areas in eastern Morocco. Dufresnes, Pribille, Alard, Gonçalves, Amat, Crochet, Dubey, Perrin, Fumagalli, Vences, and Martínez-Solano, 2020, Heredity, 124: 423–438, discussed the evidence for species delimitation and the narrow zone of hybridization with Discoglossus pictus

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