midwife toad

midwife toad

noun
a European toad, Alytes obstetricans (family Discoglossidae), noted for its unusual breeding habits, in which mating occurs on land and the male broods the egg strings by wrapping them around his legs.

Origin:
1900–05

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midwife toad
 
n
a European toad, Alytes obstetricans, the male of which carries the fertilized eggs on its hind legs until they hatch: family Discoglossidae

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midwife toad

slow-moving, terrestrial amphibian represented by four species of the genus Alytes (family Discoglossidae). The best-known species is A. obstetricans. These western European toads live in forests and often near ponds and streams in open areas. Midwife toads are about 5 cm (2 inches) long and plump, with warty, dull-gray skin

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