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Boophis vittatus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Mantellidae

Scientific Name: Boophis vittatus
Species Authority: 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: http://research.amnh.org/herpetology/amphibia/index.html.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2016-02-25
Assessor(s): IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group
Reviewer(s): Stuart, S.N.
Contributor(s): Vallan, D., Andreone, F., Glaw, F. & Vences, M.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Hobin, L.
Justification:
Listed as Vulnerable because its extent of occurance (EOO) is 19,712 km2, it is thought to occur in fewer than ten threat-defined locations, and there is ongoing decline in the quality and extent of its forest habitat across its range.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species occurs in Manongarivo and Tsaratanana in northeastern and Marojejy in northwestern Madagascar, south to the Masoala Peninsula, at elevations between 500-1,730 m asl. Its extent of occurrence is 19,712 km2.
Countries occurrence:
Native:
Madagascar
Additional data:
Number of Locations:4-9
Lower elevation limit (metres):500
Upper elevation limit (metres):1730
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Population [top]

Population:It is a locally abundant species. 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:It lives in pristine rainforest along small streams and brooks in which it breeds. It is not found in secondary habitats.
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, and invasive spread of eucalyptus, livestock grazing and expanding human settlements.

Intensive illegal wood extraction of rosewood species within Marojejy National Park that followed the 2009 political crisis of Madagascar caused concerns for the survival of rainforest–restricted species, such as this one. However, while illegal rosewood logging has probably ceased, wood extraction currently taking place in the Park seems to occur at lower elevations; along the boundaries of Marojejy deforestation is taking place to clear land for agriculture (F. Glaw pers. comm. November 2015).

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 Manongarivo Special Reserve, Tsaratanana Strict Nature Reserve, Marojejy National Park, Anjanaharibe-Sud Special Reserve, and Masoala National Park.

Conservation Needed
Improved management and protection of forest habitat across Madagascar is required, including within the boundaries of protected areas.

Research Needed
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 vittatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T57434A84165426. . Downloaded on 01 September 2016.
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