Boophis tampoka 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Mantellidae

Scientific Name: Boophis tampoka
Species Authority: Köhler, Glaw & Vences, 2007
Taxonomic Source(s): Frost, D.R. 2013. Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 5.6 (9 January 2013). Electronic Database. American Museum of Natural History, New York, USA. Available at:
Taxonomic Notes: In the Boophis luteus group and the sister species of Boophis luteus according to the original publication (Frost 2013). Vences et al. 2011 found that there are two genetic lineages with significant divergence.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2015
Date Assessed: 2014-11-23
Assessor(s): IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group
Reviewer(s): Stuart, S.N.
Contributor(s): Glaw, F., Kohler, J., Scherz, M. & Cox, N.A.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Luedtke, J. & Hobin, L.
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, its tolerance to habitat disturbance.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2009 Endangered (EN)
2008 Endangered (EN)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known from west-central Madagascar in Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park, Mahajanga Province; Andafiabe at the Beboka River (18°47'03" S, 44°46'46" E) at 177 m asl; in the northern parts of the Bendrao Forest (18°47'04" S, 44°51'37" E) at 430 m asl (Köhler et al. 2007); and several localities in northern Madagascar (Vences et al. 2014). It has also been recorded in Tsingy de Beanka (protected area) using bioacoustic and molecular methods (Vences et al. 2011).
Countries occurrence:
Lower elevation limit (metres): 177
Upper elevation limit (metres): 430
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Population [top]

Population: It is abundant in Tsingy de Bemaraha (F. Glaw pers. comm. November 2014), but there is no population information for the rest of its range. However, its population is suspected to be decreasing due to ongoing habitat degradation and loss.
Current Population Trend: Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species occurs in dry forest in Tsingy de Bemaraha and Tsingy de Beanka. It also occurs in largely degraded areas of northern Madagascar, in particular the western slopes of the Makira plateau and highlands bordering the southern slopes of Tsaratanana Massif (Vences et al. 2011). It is presumably a stream breeder, however, this needs confirmation.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater
Continuing decline in area, extent and/or quality of habitat: Yes
Movement patterns: Not a Migrant

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade:

There is no information currently available on any possible uses of this species.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The main threat to this species is deforestation as a result of over-grazing by zebu cattle, and collection of firewood, which continue inside the national park (J. Köhler pers. comm. 2009). General water pollution has also been noted as a threat to this species (Andreone et al. 2008).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Conservation Actions
It occurs in the Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park and Tsingy de Beanka. 

Conservation Needed
There is a need to prevent continuing habitat loss and degradation within the species limited forest habitat.

Research Needed
Further research is required to better understand the species' population size, distribution and trends, and its natural history.

Citation: IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group. 2015. Boophis tampoka. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2015: e.T136112A49546474. . Downloaded on 29 November 2015.
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