Gephyromantis spiniferus 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Mantellidae

Scientific Name: Gephyromantis spiniferus
Species Authority: (Blommers-Schlösser & Blanc, 1991)
Common Name(s):
English Greater Spiny Madagascar Frog
Mantidactylus spiniferus Blommers-Schlösser & Blanc, 1991
Taxonomic Source(s): Frost, D.R. 2015. Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0. New York, USA. Available at:

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-01-01
Assessor(s): Raxworthy, C.J. & Vences, M.
Reviewer(s): Stuart, S.N., Chanson, J.S. & Cox, N.A.
Listed as Near Threatened because its Extent of Occurrence is probably not much greater than 20,000 km2, its habitat is being degraded, and it occurs several small, widely separated, sub-populations, thus making the species close to qualifying for Vulnerable.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2004 Near Threatened (NT)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known only from south-eastern Madagascar, from Andringitra south to Andohahela, where it ranges from 600-1,000m asl. Records from north-eastern Madagascar are erroneous.
Countries occurrence:
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Population [top]

Population: It is a rare species with a patchy distribution.
Current Population Trend: Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This is a species of pristine rainforest only, which does not live in altered habitats. It is found on the forest floor, and is particularly associated with bamboo. Breeding is presumed to be by direct development.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It is threatened by the loss and degradation of its forest habitat due to subsistence agriculture, timber extraction, charcoal manufacture, invasive spread of eucalyptus, livestock grazing and expanding human settlements.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in the Réserve Spéciale de Kalambatritra, Parc National d’Andohahela, and Parc National d’Andringitra.

Citation: Raxworthy, C.J. & Vences, M. 2008. Gephyromantis spiniferus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T57523A11652033. . Downloaded on 25 June 2016.
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