Platypelis tetra 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Microhylidae

Scientific Name: Platypelis tetra
Species Authority: Andreone, Fenolio & Walvoord, 2003
Common Name(s):
English Four-spotted Tree Cophyline Frog
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): 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.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2004 Endangered (EN)

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.
Countries occurrence:
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Population [top]

Population: It has only recently been discovered, but it appears to be moderately common in suitable habitat.
Current Population Trend: Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

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 2008: e.T57962A11698290. . Downloaded on 01 December 2015.
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