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Sue Burke
Pertinacious Toad 
18th-Dec-2006 04:41 pm
Let me see..

This amphibian news may be of interest to my friend birdhousefrog, the part-time chicken goddess, who is recovering from bronchitis.

A new toad was discovered in Spain last year, Alytes obsetricans perynas: the pertinacious midwife toad. It won the name "pertinacious" because unlike many other amphibians, it is survives human habitation.

In fact, it seems to live only in the public fountains that have been fixtures of Spanish cities and towns since Roman times. We tend to think of the big ornamental fountains that grace postcards, but if you get off the tourist track, you see smaller ones all over that for centuries used to be (and sometimes still are) used for drinking water, washing clothes, and watering horses, as well as for their beauty. Nice damp places. Toads like them a lot, it seems.

About 150 new species of animals are discovered in Spain each year. Many are insects or microscopic, but a few are surprisingly big.

This English-language blog talks about Spanish wildlife. News about the new toad is mentioned in the Nov. 26, 2006, entry:


18th-Dec-2006 04:17 pm (UTC)
yes, your little tree frog friend loved this entry. Can't wait to share it with Jason. He installed a doppler radar in Guam and became stuck there for about six weeks awaiting replacement parts. The toads there sat under the drip air conditioners in little toad congregations. So that over 2000 years a toad would specially develop to live in roman fountains is not at all surprising.

And your lovely link above took me straight to Aliens Love Oranges, which was also a treat.

18th-Dec-2006 06:26 pm (UTC) - I fixed the link
Oops. How did that happen? I'm glad you liked my short story, but the link was supposed to go to a very informative page with news about Iberian animals. I fixed the entry. Hope you're feeling better. My husband, also with a cold, lost his voice during a big client meeting in Belgium today.
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