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Pelophylax bedriagae  (Camerano, 1882)
Main synonym = Rana bedriagae    Camerano, 1882
Taxonomical Classification:  Animalia / Chordata / Amphibia / Anura / Ranidae
Levant Water Frog, Bedriaga's Frog     Maltese name not known
Further Information:
This frog is an alien species that appears to have been deliberately introduced in the late 1990s and to have established a breeding population at Ta' Sarraflu Pool and possibly at two other sites on Gozo and at one site on Malta. Spread of the alien seems to be through human agency, not natural dispersal. This frog has the potential to replace our endemic frog (Discoglossus pictus) and hence needs to be eridicated. This is yet another example showing how bad is to introduce alien species in the wild.














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