Mantidactylus lugubris 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Mantellidae

Scientific Name: Mantidactylus lugubris
Species Authority: (Duméril, 1853)
Common Name(s):
English Dumeril's Madagascar Frog
Polypedates lugubris Duméril, 1853
Rhacophorus lugubris (Duméril, 1853)
Taxonomic Source(s): Frost, D.R. 2015. Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0. New York, USA. Available at:
Taxonomic Notes: This species is a complex of at least four species (M. Vences pers. comm.). We follow Glaw and Vences (2006) in separating Mantidactylus cowanii from the synonymy of this species.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-01-01
Assessor(s): Nussbaum, R. & Vences, M.
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:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species has a wide distribution, and is recorded from many localities in eastern and northeastern Madagascar, with a few records on the central plateau, and one isolated locality in south-central Madagascar (Isalo). It has been recorded from sea level up to 1,500m asl.
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Population [top]

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

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It is associated with rocky streams in rainforest, degraded forest, and open areas adjacent to forest, and in more open savannah on the high plateau of Madagascar. It breeds in streams. The eggs are laid on steep rocks near streams, tadpoles in water.
Systems:Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It is probably not affected by anything other than very extreme deforestation, and is adaptable and is unlikely to be threatened.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in many protected areas.

Citation: Nussbaum, R. & Vences, M. 2008. Mantidactylus lugubris. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T57496A11637299. . Downloaded on 25 October 2016.
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