Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Microhylidae

Scientific Name: Cophyla occultans
Species Authority: (Glaw & Vences, 1992)
Common Name(s):
English Island Giant Treefrog
Platypelis occultans Glaw & Vences, 1992
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: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-01-01
Assessor(s): Andreone, F. & Glaw, F.
Reviewer(s): Stuart, S.N., Chanson, J.S. & Cox, N.A.
Listed as Data Deficient in view of continuing uncertainties as to its extent of occurrence, status and ecological requirements.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2004 Data Deficient (DD)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs in northern Madagascar, on the island of Nosy Be in the north-west, and at Sambava, Marojejy and Antanaharibe-Sud in the north-east. The identity of the populations near Antongila Bay is uncertain, and the overall range of this species is very poorly known. It occurs from sea level up to 1,200m asl.
Countries occurrence:
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Population [top]

Population: This is a locally abundant species, but it has a patchy distribution.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is an arboreal inhabitant of rainforest that is also found in coffee plantations and bamboo growth, as it can occur outside forest where tree holes and bamboo are available. This species presumably breeds by larval development in tree holes.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

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

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in Parc National de Marojejy, the Réserve Spéciale d’Anjanaharibe-Sud, and the Réserve Naturelle Intégrale de Lokobe.

Citation: Andreone, F. & Glaw, F. 2008. Cophyla occultans. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T57960A11697509. . Downloaded on 07 October 2015.
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