Cophyla occultans


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Cophyla occultans
Species Authority: (Glaw & Vences, 1992)
Common Name(s):
English Island Giant Treefrog
Platypelis occultans Glaw & Vences, 1992

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.

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.
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Population [top]

Population: This is a locally abundant species, but it has a patchy distribution.
Population Trend: Unknown

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. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 28 August 2015.
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