Boophis lilianae 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Mantellidae

Scientific Name: Boophis lilianae
Species Authority: Köhler, Glaw & Vences, 2008
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: Referred to as Boophis sp. aff. rappiodes "South" by Glaw and Vences (2007).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2015
Date Assessed: 2014-11-22
Assessor(s): IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group
Reviewer(s): Stuart, S.N.
Contributor(s): Glaw, F., Köhler, J., Vences, M. & Cox, N.A.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Luedtke, J.

Listed as Data Deficient since there is still very little information on its extent of occurrence, status, threats and ecological requirements.

Previously published Red List assessments:
2009 Data Deficient (DD)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to Madagascar, where it is currently known only with certainty from a pair in amplexus, and subsequently a number of tadpoles, collected at the type locality km 6 on road Ifanadiana–Tolongoina, 21°21'21'' S, 47°36'47'' E, 468 m asl, Fianarantsoa Province, Southern Central East of Madagascar (Köhler et al. 2008). A further pair in amplexus, tentatively assignable to this species, has been recorded at a site locally known as Imaloka in the Ranomafana National Park (21°14'32'' S, 47°27'55'' E, approximately 900-1,000 m asl) (Köhler et al. 2008). The identity of animals in Ranomafana needs confirmation and the species is provisionally mapped at this locality. It appears to be a somewhat secretive species and may have been overlooked at additional localities in the eastern tropical moist forests of Madagascar (Köhler et al. 2008).
Countries occurrence:
Lower elevation limit (metres): 468
Upper elevation limit (metres): 1000
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Population [top]

Population: This species is currently known with certainty from two animals collected at the type locality. It appears to be a secretive species with estimates of its abundance difficult.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: The type specimens were collected at night from low vegetation in a swampy area formed by a slowly moving stream that flooded large parts of a small patch of dense palm forest next to highly degraded tropical moist forest (Köhler et al. 2008). The possible specimens from Ranomafana National Park were sitting about 1.5 m high on the leaves of a shrub above a small, rather slow moving stream with sandy substrate (Köhler et al. 2008). Similar to congeners, it is suspected to breed by larval development.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater
Movement patterns: Not a Migrant

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade:

There are no reports of this species being utilized.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species is still quite poorly known and the threats are not known.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Confirmation Actions
The only confirmed animals were collected from an unprotected locality (Köhler et al. 2008). It is possible that the species is present in Ranomafana National Park, although the identity of this population needs further verification (Köhler et al. 2008). 

Research Needed
This is a secretive, or seasonal, species for which the range is very poorly known. Additional directed surveys are required to better determine the distribution of this species and its presence in protected areas. Additional research is needed to identify any threats to this species.

Citation: IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group. 2015. Boophis lilianae. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2015: e.T164890A49541201. . Downloaded on 01 December 2015.
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