Heterixalus alboguttatus 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Hyperoliidae

Scientific Name: Heterixalus alboguttatus
Species Authority: (Boulenger, 1882)
Common Name(s):
English Whitebelly Reed Frog
Heterixalus madagascariensis subspecies alboguttatus Laurent, 1950
Megalixalus madagascariensis variety alboguttata Boulenger, 1882
Taxonomic Source(s): Frost, D.R. 2015. Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0. New York, USA. Available at:
Taxonomic Notes: This species is probably in a complex of more than one species with Heterixalus boettgeri and H. madagascariensis.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-01-01
Assessor(s): Nussbaum, R., Vences, M. & Cadle, J.
Reviewer(s): Stuart, S.N., Chanson, J.S. & Cox, N.A.
Listed as Least Concern in view of its relatively wide distribution, tolerance of a broad range of habitats, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2004 Least Concern (LC)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs in the southeastern lowlands of Madagascar from sea level up to at least 800m asl.
Countries occurrence:
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Population [top]

Population: It is locally common in some sites.
Current Population Trend: Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is a species of open areas, including savannahs, degraded habitats, agricultural areas, grasslands, and rice fields. It breeds in a wide variety of temporary and permanent waterbodies, including rice fields.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: There is small international demand for this species.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It is probably not affected by deforestation, and is adaptable and is unlikely to be threatened. There is a low level international pet trade, but this is probably not impacting negatively on the species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in Parc National de Ranomafana and in the Manombo Special Reserve.

Citation: Nussbaum, R., Vences, M. & Cadle, J. 2008. Heterixalus alboguttatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T56096A11414285. . Downloaded on 30 May 2016.
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