Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Microhylidae

Scientific Name: Platypelis alticola
Species Authority: (Guibé, 1974)
Common Name(s):
English Madagascar Giant Treefrog
Platyhyla alticola Guibé, 1974
Taxonomic Source(s): Frost, D.R. 2013. Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 5.6 (9 January 2013). Electronic Database. American Museum of Natural History, New York, USA. Available at:

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-01-01
Assessor(s): Nussbaum, R. & Raxworthy, C.J.
Reviewer(s): Stuart, S.N., Chanson, J.S. & Cox, N.A.
Listed as Endangered because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 5,000 km2, all individuals are in fewer than five locations, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat in northern Madagascar.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2004 Endangered (EN)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known with certainty only from Tsaratanana at 2,000-2,600m asl in northern Madagascar. Records from Marojejy and Andringitra require confirmation.
Countries occurrence:
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Population [top]

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

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It lives in high-elevation rainforest and bamboo forest, and is not found in open areas. Its breeding is unknown, but presumably takes place by larval development in water-filled bamboo stems.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): 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.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in the Réserve Naturelle Intégrale du Tsaratanana.

Citation: Nussbaum, R. & Raxworthy, C.J. 2008. Platypelis alticola. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T57954A11708230. . Downloaded on 04 October 2015.
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