Boophis axelmeyeri 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Mantellidae

Scientific Name: Boophis axelmeyeri
Species Authority: Vences, Andreone & Vietes, 2005
Taxonomic Source(s): Frost, D.R. 2015. Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0. New York, USA. Available at:

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2009
Date Assessed: 2009-05-28
Assessor(s): Vences, M., Andreone, F., Rabibisoa, N.H.C. & Cox, N.
Reviewer(s): Hoffmann, M. & Angulo, A.
Listed as Vulnerable because its three certain locations are believed to have an extent of occurrence of less than 20,000 km², although additional surveys may reveal the species to be more widespread than is currently known. There is reported to be a continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2008 Near Threatened (NT)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species has been recorded from the Tsaratanana Massif at 688 m asl, the Manongarivo Massif at 1,000 m, and the Marojejy Massif at around 700 m, in northwestern Madagascar (Vences et al. 2005, Glaw and Vences 2007, Andreone et al. 2008). It has been provisionally recorded through observation from the Anjanaharibe Sud Special Reserve, Ambolokopatrika-Betaolana (at 1,200 m) and from Masoala (Andreone et al. 2008). It might exist as several isolated populations (Vences et al. 2005).
Countries occurrence:
Lower elevation limit (metres): 688
Upper elevation limit (metres): 1000
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Population [top]

Population: This species appears to be locally abundant in undegraded habitat.
Current Population Trend: Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species appears to be restricted to primary mid-elevation tropical moist forest (Vences et al. 2005). It is not thought to occur in disturbed areas. Calling males have been observed at night perched on vegetation at 2-3 m alongside small streams. It is a stream-breeding species with a larval development stage (Vences et al. 2005).
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: There is no information currently available on the possible use of this species.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The known populations within protected areas are not considered to be under any immediate threat (Vences et al. 2005). However, it is a forest specialist, and so any populations outside protected areas could be at risk from forest loss. Andreone et al. (2008) generally report that there is a substantial continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat, presumably through the general conversion of land to agricultural use or logging/collection of firewood.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species has been recorded from within the Tsaratanana Strict Nature Reserve, the Manongarivo Special Reserve, and the Marojejy National Park (Vences et al. 2005, Andreone et al. 2008), and may be present within the Anjanaharibe Sud Special Reserve and the Masoala National Park. Additional studies are needed into the distribution, abundance, breeding biology, general ecology and threats to this species.

Citation: Vences, M., Andreone, F., Rabibisoa, N.H.C. & Cox, N. 2009. Boophis axelmeyeri. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2009: e.T135812A4204856. . Downloaded on 27 May 2016.
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