Spinomantis elegans 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Mantellidae

Scientific Name: Spinomantis elegans
Species Authority: (Guibé, 1974)
Common Name(s):
English Elegant Madagascar Frog
Mantidactylus elegans (Guibé, 1974)
Rhacophorus elegans Guibé, 1974
Taxonomic Source(s): Frost, D.R. 2015. Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0. New York, USA. Available at:

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable B1ab(iii)+2ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-01-01
Assessor(s): Cadle, J. & Raxworthy, C.J.
Reviewer(s): Stuart, S.N., Chanson, J.S. & Cox, N.A.
Listed as Vulnerable, because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 20,000 km2 and its Area of Occupancy is less than 2,000 km2, its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is a continuing decline in the extent and quality of its forest habitat.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2004 Vulnerable (VU)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs in south-eastern Madagascar from Ranomafana, south to Andohahela. Records from northern Madagascar require further investigation. It has been recorded at 1,350-2,500m asl.
Countries occurrence:
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Population [top]

Population: It is a rare species. No adult males have ever been collected.
Current Population Trend: Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is always associated with rocky outcrops, both in forested zones, and above the tree line. It breeds in streams. The very large tadpoles spend at least a year in the stream before metamorphosis.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Being in remote rocky areas, it is probably not as seriously threatened as several other species. However, it is probably impacted by fires, livestock (affecting water quality), and water pollution.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in Parc National de Ranomafana, Parc National d'Andringitra, Parc National d'Andohahela, and probably Parc National de Midongy du Sud.

Citation: Cadle, J. & Raxworthy, C.J. 2008. Spinomantis elegans. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T57479A11631692. . Downloaded on 29 May 2016.
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