|Scientific Name:||Boophis majori (Boulenger, 1896)|
Rhacophorus majori Boulenger, 1896
|Taxonomic Source(s):||Frost, D.R. 2015. Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0. New York, USA. Available at: http://research.amnh.org/herpetology/amphibia/index.html.|
|Taxonomic Notes:||The taxonomy of this species was revised by Glaw et al. (2001).|
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Vulnerable B1ab(iii) ver 3.1|
|Assessor(s):||IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group|
|Contributor(s):||Glaw, F., Scherz, D., Vences, M. & Nussbaum, R.|
Listed as Vulnerable because its extent of occurrence is 6,745 km2, it occurs in four threat-defined locations, this species is only known from pristine forest and there is ongoing declines in the extent and quality of habitat.
|Previously published Red List assessments:|
|Range Description:||This species occurs in eastern Madagascar from Ambohimitombo south to Andringitra, between 900-1,500 m asl. Records from elsewhere require confirmation, and probably refer to other species. It is known from three threat-defined locations, and its extent of occurrence (EOO) is 6,745 km2.|
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|Population:||It is locally common where found. However due to ongoing declines in the extent and quality of habitat, the population is suspected to be decreasing.|
|Current Population Trend:||Decreasing|
|Habitat and Ecology:||This is a rainforest species that is not found in secondary habitats. It is most often seen at night along streams in which it probably breeds, presumably by larval development.|
|Continuing decline in area, extent and/or quality of habitat:||Yes|
|Movement patterns:||Not a Migrant|
|Use and Trade:||There are no records of this species being utilized.|
The major threat to this species is rapid loss and degradation of its forest habitat due 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).
It occurs in Andringitra National Park, Ranomafana National Park and Fandrina Vondrozo new protected area.
Further research is also 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 majori. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T57412A84163394.Downloaded on 18 December 2017.|