The Betic Midwife toad is a species found in Canillas de Aceituno / sur

The Betic Midwife toad: the Axarquía amphibian with a tale to tell

The species, which is found in Canillas de Aceituno, is native to the south eastern mountain ranges of Spain especially the Sierra Nevada

Javier Almellones
JAVIER ALMELLONES Málaga

The Betic Midwife toad was first discovered in Canillas de Aceituno in the Axarquía around 25 years ago. In 1995 a study was published which included DNA tests which proved that the native species of this area of Sierra Tejeda, in the heart of the natural park, is different from those found in other parts of the Iberian Peninsula.

The male is in charge of guarding and carrying the eggs until the larvae hatch. He emits an unusual sound that can be confused with that of the Eurasian scops owl. The midwife toad has a number of characteristics, such as its small size and its skin which is less rough than other amphibians, which sets it apart from members of the same family.

The toad, about which little is known except by zoology and nature experts, is the protagonist of a new trilogy written by Lidia Jiménez Peréz, a biodiversity enthusiast from Canillas de Aceituno, who a few years ago realised that "there were many scientific publications, but very few that were aimed at the general public."

Lidia decided to write a series of books about the species, making the information accessible to the general public. The content is practical and includes colouring sheets for young children and QR codes that allow the reader to expand their knowledge, using audiovisual content about the toad.

After mating, the female transfers the eggs to the male, who is responsible not only for guarding them but also for looking after them and placing them in the right place for the larvae to hatch.

The three books written by Lidia Jiménez Pérez / sur

Lidia Jiménez Pérez / sur