Amphibians of North Africa

Amphibians of North Africa

1st Edition - March 16, 2019

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  • Authors: Daniel Escoriza, Jihène Ben Hassine
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128154762
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128158357

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Amphibians of North Africa is a comprehensive compilation of available data on the amphibians and reptiles found in various ecosystems across North West Africa and parts of the Mediterranean region. It is essential to identifying and understanding the ecological role of regional herpetofauna and its conservational importance. It examines the biological origins and diversity of amphibians in North Africa, along with their diverse ecosystems, including deserts, grasslands and subtropical forests. The book features detailed descriptions of the adult and larvae stages of species, such as the North African fire salamander, the common painted frog, Brongersma's toad and the Mediterranean tree frog. This book is a vital resource for herpetology and ecology students and researchers, helping them identify, understand and conserve these amphibians and reptiles in their various habitats across the North African and Mediterranean regions.

Key Features

  • Presents the only book on research and species recognition of North West African and Mediterranean amphibians and reptiles in all life phases
  • Provides novel, iconographic material about little-known species
  • Features helpful visuals, including ink-drawings, photographs of adult and larvae stages, habitat photographs and distributional maps


Herpetological, ecological, or naturalist researchers; students in herpetology or ecology courses

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction
    2. Ecology of Amphibians in North West Africa
    2a. Amphibians and ecoregions
    2b. The role of amphibians in ecosystems
    3. Species Descriptions
    3a. Urodela
    3b. Anura

Product details

  • No. of pages: 350
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2019
  • Published: March 16, 2019
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128154762
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128158357

About the Authors

Daniel Escoriza

Daniel Escoriza is a physician and researcher for Institut Català de la Salut and University of Abdelmalek Essaâdi. His work now focuses on the ecology of Mediterranean amphibians, particularly in North African species. Before coming to ICS/AEU, D. Escoriza collaborated with the University of Girona. He has published about 50 articles in scientific journals and three books, describing one new genus and two new subspecies of North African amphibians and a new species of freshwater shrimp. Daniel Escoriza earned a doctorate in ecology from the University of Girona. He is also member of the IUCN working group in Mediterranean amphibians.

Affiliations and Expertise

Institut Català de la Salut, Barcelona, Spain

Jihène Ben Hassine

Dr. Jihène Ben Hassine is a teacher and biologist for University of Tunis el Manar. Her work now focuses on the ecology of North African amphibians, with special interest in Algeria and Tunisia. She has published about 25 articles in scientific journals. Jihène Ben Hassine earned a doctorate in ecology from the University of Tunis el Manar.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Tunis II-El Manar, Tunis, Tunisia

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  • DanielEscoriza Thu Jul 25 2019

    16 anni di lavoro condensati

    16 anni di lavoro condensati in 350 pp

  • StephenBusack Thu Jun 27 2019

    A valuable complimentary volume

    As a herpetologist who has worked somewhat extensively in this area, I purchased this volume for its bibliographic summary of previous work, coupled with up-to-date distribution maps, and difficult-to-find illustrations of amphibians inhabiting the region . Although a somewhat cumbersome read, the text, maps, and illustrations serve as a valuable complimentary reference when used in concert with previous books on the subject. For the serious researcher, however, "Conservation and decline of Amphibians: Eastern Hemisphere" which covered Mauritania, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Egypt in Part 2, Volume 11, of the series "Amphibian Biology" (, published in Madrid in 2013, serves as an essential supplement for those concerned with conservation problems and efforts regarding amphibians within this region.