Aglyptodactylus madagascariensis


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Aglyptodactylus madagascariensis
Species Authority: (Duméril, 1853)
Taxonomic Notes: Records of this species from western Madagascar possibly refer to Aglyptodactylus securifer, and require further examination (F. Glaw and M. Vences pers. comm.). It probably consists of two species, one highland, the other lowland.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2008-01-01
Assessor/s: Ronald Nussbaum, Christopher Raxworthy, John Cadle
Reviewer/s: Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson and Neil Cox)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, tolerance of a degree of habitat modification, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is broadly distributed in eastern Madagascar, and also at Montagne d'Ambre and   Fôret d’Ambre Special Reserve in extreme northern Madagascar (D'Cruze et al. 2008). Records from western Madagascar require confirmation. It occurs from sea level up to 2,000m asl.
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Population [top]

Population: It is a very common species, breeding in very dense populations.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is a tropical forest species, including both undisturbed and disturbed habitats (such as edges and clearings in the forest). It is not found in open areas. It requires leaf-litter, and survives in tree plantations. It breeds explosively in temporary and permanent still water.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Its forest habitat is receding due to subsistence agriculture, timber extraction, charcoal manufacture, and invasive spread of eucalyptus, livestock grazing, and expanding human settlements.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in many protected areas.
Citation: Ronald Nussbaum, Christopher Raxworthy, John Cadle 2004. Aglyptodactylus madagascariensis. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <>. Downloaded on 23 April 2014.
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