Platypelis tetra


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Platypelis tetra
Species Authority: Andreone, Fenolio & Walvoord, 2003
Common Name(s):
English Four-spotted Tree Cophyline Frog

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-01-01
Assessor(s): Andreone, F.
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, its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat in northeastern Madagascar.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to north-eastern Madagascar, where it has been recorded from Anjanaharibe-Sud Massif, Andapa Fivondronana and the Masoala Peninsula. It has been recorded at 600-1,250m asl.
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Population [top]

Population: It has only recently been discovered, but it appears to be moderately common in suitable habitat.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is a species of transitional forest and medium altitudes, with tall trees and abundant lichens, mosses and ferns. It appears to be closely associated with screw pines (Pandanus spp.). It has been found in degraded forest, providing that screw pines are still present. It presumably breeds by larval development in the leaf axils of screw pines.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The major threat is habitat loss due to subsistence agriculture, timber extraction, charcoal manufacture, livestock grazing, and expanding human settlements. It is probably particularly sensitive to the collection of screw pines, which are used for making the roofs of huts.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in Parc National de Marojejy and the Réserve Spéciale d’Anjanaharibe-Sud, and may also occur in Parc National de Masoala.

Citation: Andreone, F. 2008. Platypelis tetra. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 28 August 2015.
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