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Mantidactylus brevipalmatus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Mantellidae

Scientific Name: Mantidactylus brevipalmatus
Species Authority: Ahl, 1929
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: Some individuals of this species were previously confused with Mantidactylus aerumnalis, according to Andreone and Gavetti (1994). It belongs to the subgenus Chonomantis (Vences and Glaw 2004). Glaw and Vences (2006) removed Mantidactylus delormei from the synonymy of this species.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2016-05-17
Assessor(s): IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group
Reviewer(s): Cox, N.A.
Contributor(s): Glaw, F., Cadle, J. & Nussbaum, R.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Hobin, L.
Justification:
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, tolerance of a broad range of habitats and presumed large population.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is known from the mountains of the high plateau of central and east-central Madagascar, from Ambohitantely south to Andringitra between 1,400-2,400 m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Native:
Madagascar
Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):1400
Upper elevation limit (metres):2400
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Population [top]

Population:It is a reasonably common species, but the population trend is unknown.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species lives alongside streams in mid to high-elevation forests. It also occurs outside forest in high-altitude savanna and in disturbed and cleared areas in wet marshy places, but not in agricultural land. It breeds in streams.
Systems:Terrestrial; Freshwater
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): It is probably not affected by deforestation, is adaptable and is unlikely to be threatened. 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). There might be some threatened cryptic species within this unresolved complex.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Conservation Actions
This species occurs in Ambohitantely Special Reserve.

Research Needed
Further research 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. Mantidactylus brevipalmatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T57469A84170158. . Downloaded on 25 May 2017.
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