Boophis feonnyala 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Mantellidae

Scientific Name: Boophis feonnyala Glaw, Vences, Andreone & Vallan, 2001
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: Endangered B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2015-11-24
Assessor(s): IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group
Reviewer(s): Stuart, S.N.
Contributor(s): Vallan, D., Andreone, F., Glaw, F., Scherz, D. & Vences, M.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Luedtke, J. & Hobin, L.
Listed as Endangered because its extent of occurrence is 3,079 km2, it occurs in three threat-defined locations, and there is ongoing decline in forest habitat throughout its range and the region more broadly.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is known from Andasibe at about 900m asl in central eastern Madagascar. Specimens collected from the area of Marolambo by F. Ratsoavina in 2009 (ZSM 201/2009; 287 m asl) have tentatively been assigned to this species for the purposes of this assessment because of morphological similarity to other records (F. Glaw pers. comm. November 2015). It may be found elsewhere in the region, but its current range map presents an extent of occurrence (EOO) of 3,079 km2.
Countries occurrence:
Additional data:
Number of Locations:3
Lower elevation limit (metres):287
Upper elevation limit (metres):900
Range Map:Click here to open the map viewer and explore range.

Population [top]

Population:This species is known from around ten specimens at two distant sites. It is not a common species and the population size is unknown. However, due to ongoing decline in the quality and extent of habitat, the population is suspected to be decreasing.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It is known from secondary vegetation around an artificial dam, close to rainforest, and has also been found in open grass near the lake created by the dam and in nearby forest. It has not been found in very open areas away from forest and presumably breeds in the dam's lake where the water is slow-flowing.
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): Forest habitats in eastern Madagascar are being lost to subsistence agriculture, timber extraction, charcoal manufacture, invasive spread of eucalyptus, livestock grazing and expanding human settlements.

Species in this genus have tested positive for Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), however currently there have been no negative effects observed within amphibian populations in Madagascar suggesting the Bd strain has a low virulence level (Bletz et al., 2015).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Conservation Actions
It is known from the Andasibe Special Reserve, which is one of the best protected areas in Madagascar, and Maromiza new protected area.

Conservation Needed
Improved protection of forest habitats is required in the region this species occurs.

Research Needed
Further research is required to clarify the species' distribution, population size and trends, and is essential to fully understand the distribution, origin, type and virulence of Bd lineages found in Madagascar (Bletz et al., 2015).

Citation: IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group. 2016. Boophis feonnyala. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T57401A84162488. . Downloaded on 24 June 2018.
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