Aglyptodactylus laticeps 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Mantellidae

Scientific Name: Aglyptodactylus laticeps Glaw, Vences & Böhme, 1998
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: 2016
Date Assessed: 2015-11-23
Assessor(s): IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group
Reviewer(s): Stuart, S.N.
Contributor(s): Glaw, F., Scherz, D. & Vences, M.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Luedtke, J. & Hobin, L.
Listed as Vulnerable because its extent of occurrence (EOO) is 19,888 km2, it is known from fewer than ten threat-defined locations, and there is ongoing decline in the quality and extent of its habitat.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is well known from the type locatlity Kirindy Forest (not Kirindy-Mitea), Tsingy de Bemaraha Nationa Park, and Mitsinjo in northwestern Madagascar, at around 100m asl (Glaw et al. 1998; Glos 2003; Raselimanana 2008; Rakotoarison et al. 2015). It may occur more widely in dry western Madagascar (Köhler et al. 2015), but it is currently mapped only to existing sites because the availability of suitable habitat in the intervening areas is uncertain. A record from Daraina (Rakotondravony 2006) requires verification by DNA sequencing and is not included in the range map. Its extent of occurrence (EOO) is 19,888 km2.
Countries occurrence:
Additional data:
Number of Locations:1-9
Lower elevation limit (metres):100
Range Map:Click here to open the map viewer and explore range.

Population [top]

Population:It is a locally abundant species. However due to continuing decline in the extent and quality of the habitat, the population is suspected to be decreasing.
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It inhabits dry deciduous forest and has not been found outside forest in open areas, but does occur in somewhat degraded forest. It breeds in temporary pools and puddles; the larvae grow rapidly, developing in 12 days (Glos, 2003).
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 are no records of this species being utilized.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Kirindy Forest continues to be seriously threatened by subsistence farming, wood extraction, expanding human settlements, and livestock grazing. The Analamanitra site at Mitsinjo is heavily impacted anthropogenic disturbances, including fragmentation due to farming, wood extraction, and activities such as lemur and bushpig trapping (Rakotoarison et al. in press).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Conservation Actions
This species is found in Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park where it receives relatively good protection as the limestone formations provide a form of natural protection from deforesation due to the difficult topography. However, some deforestation does take place there. Kirindy Forest, which forms part of the Menabe Forest complex, has been proposed as part of the Systéme d’Aires Protégées de Madagascar.

Conservation Needed
Improved habitat protection is required within known protected areas and for the Analamanitra site.

Research Needed
Further work is required to verify its distribution in the region.

Citation: IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group. 2016. Aglyptodactylus laticeps. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T57383A84160984. . Downloaded on 23 April 2018.
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