Mantidactylus lugubris


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Mantidactylus lugubris
Species Authority: (Duméril, 1853)
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: 2004
Date Assessed: 2008-01-01
Assessor/s: Ronald Nussbaum, Miguel Vences
Reviewer/s: Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson and Neil Cox)
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.

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.
Population Trend: Stable

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: Ronald Nussbaum, Miguel Vences 2004. Mantidactylus lugubris. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <>. Downloaded on 24 April 2014.
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