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. 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: Some individuals of this species were previously confused with Mantidactylus aerumnalis, according to Andreone and Gavetti (1994). It belongs to the subgenus Chonomantis, which is being revised (Vences and Glaw in press). Unpublished data suggest that M. brevipalmatus is a complex of at least three species, each of which might prove to be threatened (M. Vences pers. comm. 2004). Glaw and Vences (2006) subsequently removed Mantidactylus delormei from the synonymy of M. brevipalmatus.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-01-01
Assessor(s): Nussbaum, R., Cadle, J. & Glaw, F.
Reviewer(s): Stuart, S.N., Chanson, J.S. & Cox, N.A.
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, tolerance of a broad range of habitats, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2004 Least Concern (LC)

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. Additional localities will probably be found as a result of further survey work. It is recorded from 1,400-2,400m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Lower elevation limit (metres): 1400
Upper elevation limit (metres): 2400
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Population [top]

Population: It is a reasonably common species.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It lives alongside streams in mid to high-elevation forests. It also occurs outside forest in high-altitude savannah and in disturbed and cleared areas in wet marshy places, but not in agricultural land. It breeds in streams.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It is probably not affected by deforestation, and is adaptable and is unlikely to be threatened. There might be some threatened cryptic species within this unresolved complex.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in Réserve Spéciale d’Ambohitantely and in the Parc National d'Andringitra.

Citation: Nussbaum, R., Cadle, J. & Glaw, F. 2008. Mantidactylus brevipalmatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T57469A11643771. . Downloaded on 07 October 2015.
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