|Scientific Name:||Mantidactylus melanopleura (Mocquard, 1901)|
Rhacophorus melanopleura Mocquard, 1901
|Taxonomic Source(s):||Frost, D.R. 2015. Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0. New York, USA. Available at: http://research.amnh.org/herpetology/amphibia/index.html.|
|Taxonomic Notes:||This species was removed from the synonymy of Mantidactylus opiparis by Vences and Glaw (2004).|
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Least Concern ver 3.1|
|Assessor(s):||IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group|
|Contributor(s):||Glaw, F. & Vences, M.|
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution and presumed large population.
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|Range Description:||This species ranges widely in eastern Madagascar from Marojejy south to Andohahela, at 200–900 m Asl.|
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|Population:||It is an abundant species. However due to ongoing declines in the extent and quality of habitat, the population is suspected to be decreasing.|
|Current Population Trend:||Decreasing|
|Habitat and Ecology:||It is a species of rainforest and forest edge, not surviving in heavily degraded areas. It lives along and breeds in brooks.|
|Continuing decline in area, extent and/or quality of habitat:||Yes|
|Movement patterns:||Not a Migrant|
|Use and Trade:||There are no records of this species being utilized.|
Its forest habitat is receding due to subsistence agriculture, timber extraction, charcoal manufacture, and invasive spread of eucalyptus, livestock grazing and expanding human settlements.
Species in this genus have tested positive for Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), however currently there have been no negative effects observed within amphibian populations in Madagascar suggesting the Bd strain has a low virulence level (Bletz et al. 2015).
It occurs in many protected areas including Betampona Strict Nature Reserve (Rosa et al. 2012).
Population monitoring is important with the close proximity of confirmed Ranavirus (Kolby et al. 2015). Further research is also essential to fully understand the distribution, origin, type and virulence of Bd lineages found in Madagascar (Bletz et al. 2015).
|Citation:||IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group. 2017. Mantidactylus melanopleura. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T57503A84174237.Downloaded on 19 November 2017.|
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