Distribution and Habitat
Alytes muletensis is endemic to Mallorca a small island off the eastern coast of Spain. The species was first described from fossils in the upper pleistocene as Baleaphryne muletensis Sanchiz and Adrover, 1977. It was believed to have gone extinct following the colonization of the island by man about 4000BC, until larvae and young frogs were found in the inaccessible limestone gorges of the Serra de Tramuntana (Buley and Garcia 1997). The species is found in only ten brooks (torrentes) in the Serra de Tramuntana. The area receives an annual rainfall of 1000 to 2000mm. Water temperatures range from 9ºC to 22ºC. The frogs hide in crevices and under stones in groups of up to 5 individuals.
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