Mantidactylus opiparis


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Mantidactylus opiparis
Species Authority: (Peracca, 1893)
Common Name(s):
English Central Madagascar Frog
Mantidactylus frenatus Boettger, 1913
Rana opiparis Peracca, 1893
Taxonomic Notes: This species is a complex of two species, and it is currently under revision (M. Vences pers. comm.).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-01-01
Assessor(s): Nussbaum, R., Glaw, F. & Andreone, F.
Reviewer(s): Stuart, S.N., Chanson, J.S. & Cox, N.A.
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, 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 ranges widely in eastern Madagascar from Tsaratanana south to Ranomafana. There are also two isolated localities in west-central Madagascar (Ambohijanahary and Mahajeby Forest), and one on the central plateau at Ambohitantely. It has been recorded at 600-1,500m asl, but probably also occurs lower than this.
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Population [top]

Population: It is a very common species.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is a streamside species living on the ground in pristine and very slightly degraded rainforest. It breeds in brooks and streams.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Its forest habitat is receding due to subsistence agriculture, timber extraction, charcoal manufacture, and invasive spread of eucalyptus, livestock grazing and expanding human settlements.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in many protected areas.

Citation: Nussbaum, R., Glaw, F. & Andreone, F. 2008. Mantidactylus opiparis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 30 August 2015.
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