Plethodontohyla brevipes 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Microhylidae

Scientific Name: Plethodontohyla brevipes Boulenger, 1882
Common Name(s):
English Betsileo Digging Frog
Taxonomic Source(s): Frost, D.R. 2015. Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0. New York, USA. Available at:

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2015-11-27
Assessor(s): IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group
Reviewer(s): Stuart, S.N.
Contributor(s): Raxworthy, C.J., Glaw, F. & Scherz, D.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Hobin, L.
Listed as Vulnerable because its extent of occurrence (EOO) is 6,510 km2, all individuals are in two threat-defined locations, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its forest habitat around Ranomafana National Park.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is known from only two localities in east-central Madagascar between 900-1,100 m asl: one of them (East Betsileo) is very vague and the only precise known locality is Ranomafana National Park. Although the species might occur in other rainforest areas, many have now been surveyed and the species has not been reported from any of them. It occur in two threat-defined locations and its extent of occurrence (EOO) is 6,510 km2.
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Additional data:
Number of Locations:2
Lower elevation limit (metres):900
Upper elevation limit (metres):1100
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Population [top]

Population:It is a rare species which is only known from a few specimens. Due to ongoing declines in the extent and quality of habitat, the population is suspected to be decreasing.
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It is a terrestrial and sub-terrestrial species of rainforest and has, so far, not been found in degraded habitats. Its breeding biology is unknown although it is likely to be by larval development out of water, possibly underground, in leaf axils or in tree holes.
Continuing decline in area, extent and/or quality of habitat:Yes
Movement patterns:Not a Migrant

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: There are no records of this species being utilized.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The major threat is habitat loss due to subsistence agriculture, timber extraction, charcoal manufacture, spread of invasive eucalyptus, livestock grazing, and expanding human settlements.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Conservation Actions
It occurs in Ranomafana National Park which is relatively well managed.

Conservation Needed
Improved protection and management of its habitat is required, including inside the boundaries of protected areas.

Research Needed
Further work is required to better understand its population size, distribution, and trends, and its life history and ecology.

Citation: IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group. 2016. Plethodontohyla brevipes. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T57968A84180615. . Downloaded on 24 September 2018.
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