Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Microhylidae

Scientific Name: Platypelis cowanii
Species Authority: Boulenger, 1882
Common Name(s):
English Betsileo Giant Treefrog
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:
Taxonomic Notes: The taxonomy of this species is poorly known.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient 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 Data Deficient in view of continuing doubts as to its taxonomic status as well as absence of information on its extent of occurrence, status and ecological requirements.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2004 Data Deficient (DD)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species has a very uncertain distribution because of its confused taxonomic status. The type locality is "East Betsileo", which is presumably in east-central Madagascar, but this is not a specific locality, so no range map can be prepared for this species. Some other specimens have also been assigned to this species, but it is not clear that this is correct.
Countries occurrence:
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Population [top]

Population: There is no recent information available on the population status of this species.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is presumably an arboreal rainforest species that breeds in tree holes and bamboo.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There is no information available on threats to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is not known from any protected areas.

Citation: Nussbaum, R. & Raxworthy, C.J. 2008. Platypelis cowanii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T57956A11708514. . Downloaded on 08 October 2015.
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