Platypelis tsaratananaensis 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Microhylidae

Scientific Name: Platypelis tsaratananaensis
Species Authority: Guibé, 1974
Common Name(s):
English Tsaratanana 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:

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable D2 ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-01-01
Assessor(s): Raxworthy, C.J. & Andreone, F.
Reviewer(s): Stuart, S.N., Chanson, J.S. & Cox, N.A.
Listed as Vulnerable because it is known from only a single location. If it is seriously threatened by climate change, it could qualify for listing as Critically Endangered.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2004 Vulnerable (VU)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known from only three specimens collected in 1949 at 2,600m asl on the Tsaratanana massif in northern Madagascar, close to the summit, Maromokotro, which is at 2,876m asl. Records from Anjanaharibe-Sud and other locations away from Tsaratanana refer to another species (C.J. Raxworthy pers. comm.). It might be restricted to the highest parts of the Tsaratanana massif, and attempts to relocate the species have been successful (C. Raxworthy pers. comm.).
Countries occurrence:
Number of Locations: 1
Lower elevation limit (metres): 2600
Upper elevation limit (metres): 2600
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Population [top]

Population: It is known from only three specimens collected in 1949. It has not been found in two surveys within its high-elevation range since the mid 1990s.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It inhabits tall montane rainforest and bamboo, and is probably not found outside mature forest. It presumably breeds in bamboo stems by larval development.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Its forest habitat is probably secure at the high elevations at which it occurs, but, as it is a mountain-top species, it might be at risk from global warming.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in the Réserve Naturelle Intégrale du Tsaratanana.

Citation: Raxworthy, C.J. & Andreone, F. 2008. Platypelis tsaratananaensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T57963A11708732. . Downloaded on 29 November 2015.
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