|Scientific Name:||Cophyla alticola|
|Species Authority:||(Guibé, 1974)|
Platyhyla alticola Guibé, 1974
Platypelis alticola (Guibé, 1974)
|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.|
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Endangered B1ab(iii) ver 3.1|
|Assessor(s):||IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group|
|Contributor(s):||Raxworthy, C.J., Scherz, D. & Nussbaum, R.|
|Facilitator/Compiler(s):||Hobin, L. & Best, S.|
Listed as Endangered because its extent of occurrence (EOO) is 1,902 km2, it occurs in one threat-defined location and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat.
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|Range Description:||This species is known with certainty only from Tsaratanana at 1,548-2,600m asl in northern Madagascar. Its extent of occurrence (EOO) is 1,902 km2.|
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|Population:||It is a rare species. 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 lives in high-elevation rainforest and bamboo forest, and has been seen in bamboo segments with holes. Numerous specimens have also been seen on the ground in the grass of a campsite (Rakotoarison et al. 2012). Its breeding is unknown, but presumably takes place by larval development in water-filled bamboo stems.|
|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.|
The major threat is habitat loss due to subsistence agriculture, timber extraction, charcoal manufacture, spread of invasive eucalyptus, livestock grazing, and expanding human settlements. It is potentially susceptible to dry season fires.
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 Tsaratanana Strict Nature Reserve.
Habitat protection is required for the corridor between Tsaratanana and Marojejy.
Research is required on population size and distribution including trends, ecology, and threats. Further research is 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. 2016. Cophyla alticola. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T57954A84179073.Downloaded on 25 September 2016.|
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