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Boophis rufioculis 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Mantellidae

Scientific Name: Boophis rufioculis
Species Authority: Glaw & Vences, 1997
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.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2016-02-22
Assessor(s): IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group
Reviewer(s): Stuart, S.N.
Contributor(s): Vallan, D., Glaw, F. & Scherz, D.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Luedtke, J. & Hobin, L.
Justification:
Listed as Near Threatened because its extent of occurrence (EOO) is 22,394 km2, it occurs in fewer than ten threat-defined locations, and the extent and quality of its habitat are probably declining, thus making the species close to qualifying for Vulnerable under B1.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species occurs in the central part of the eastern rainforest belt of Madagascar (An'Ala) and lowland rainforest on the east coast (Betampona), between 900-1,200 m asl. Records in the literature from Marojejy (Raselimanana et al. 1997) probably refer to Boophis axelmeyeri and records from Antoetra probably refer to Boophis popi (Köhler et al. 2011). Its extent of occurrence (EOO) is 22,394 km2.
Countries occurrence:
Native:
Madagascar
Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):900
Upper elevation limit (metres):1200
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Population [top]

Population:It is locally common. However due to ongoing declines in the extent and quality of 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:This species is found in pristine and slightly degraded rainforest, and presumably breeds in small brooks and streams by larval development.
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): Its forest habitat is receding 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).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Conservation Actions
It occurs in Betampona Strict Nature Reserve (Rosa et al. 2012) and may occur in Andasibe-Mantadia National Park and Analamazoatra Special Reserve.

Conservation Needed
Improved protection and management of forests in eastern Madagascar is required.

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

Citation: IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group. 2016. Boophis rufioculis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T57426A84164900. . Downloaded on 27 August 2016.
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