Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Mantellidae

Scientific Name: Guibemantis liber
Species Authority: (Peracca, 1893)
Common Name(s):
English Free Madagascar Frog
Gephyromantis albogularis Guibé, 1947
Gephyromantis liber (Peracca, 1893)
Gephyromantis variabilis Millot & Guibé, 1951
Mantidactylus liber (Peracca, 1893)
Rhacophorus liber Peracca, 1893
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:

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-01-01
Assessor(s): Nussbaum, R., Raxworthy, C.J. & Andreone, 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 degree of habitat modification, 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 very widely distributed in northern and eastern Madagascar from Montagne d'Ambre south to Andohahela. It also occurs on Nosy Boraha (Ile St Marie). It has been recorded from near sea level up to 2,050m asl.
Countries occurrence:
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Population [top]

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

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It lives in both pristine and disturbed rainforest. It is arboreal, often found in leaf axils or screw pines (Pandanus spp.) and other plants. It is associated with swamps, and can be found outside forest in swamps and pools in some places, but it avoids very open areas without cover. It breeds in swamps.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Its forest habitat is receding due to subsistence agriculture, timber extraction, charcoal manufacture, and livestock grazing and expanding human settlements. It is probably also affected by the collection of screw pines, which are used for the roofs of huts.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in many protected areas.

Citation: Nussbaum, R., Raxworthy, C.J. & Andreone, F. 2008. Guibemantis liber. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T57495A11637037. . Downloaded on 10 October 2015.
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