Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Mantellidae

Scientific Name: Boophis majori
Species Authority: (Boulenger, 1896)
Common Name(s):
English Ambohimitombo Bright-eyed Frog
Rhacophorus majori Boulenger, 1896
Taxonomic Source(s): Frost, D.R. 2013. Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 5.6 (9 January 2013). Electronic Database. American Museum of Natural History, New York, USA. Available at:
Taxonomic Notes: The taxonomy of this species was revised by Glaw et al. (2001).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-01-01
Assessor(s): Nussbaum, R., Glaw, F. & Vences, M.
Reviewer(s): Stuart, S.N., Chanson, J.S. & Cox, N.A.
Listed as Near Threatened because its Extent of Occurrence is probably not much greater than 20,000 km2, and the extent and quality of its habitat are probably declining, thus making the species close to qualifying for Vulnerable.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2004 Near Threatened (NT)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs in eastern Madagascar from Ambohimitombo south to Andringitra, from 900-1,500m asl. Records from elsewhere require confirmation, and probably refer to other species.
Countries occurrence:
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Population [top]

Population: It is locally common where found.
Current Population Trend: Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

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.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): 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.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in Parc National d'Andringitra and Parc National de Ranomafana.

Citation: Nussbaum, R., Glaw, F. & Vences, M. 2008. Boophis majori. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T57412A11632814. . Downloaded on 07 October 2015.
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