Rhombophryne laevipes


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Rhombophryne laevipes
Species Authority: (Mocquard, 1895)
Common Name(s):
English Madagascar Digging Frog
Mantiphrys laevipes Mocquard, 1895
Mantipus laevipes (Mocquard, 1895)
Plethodontohyla laevipes (Mocquard, 1895)
Taxonomic Notes: This species could be a complex of several species (C. Raxworthy pers. comm.).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-01-01
Assessor(s): Nussbaum, R., Raxworthy, C.J. & Andreone, F.
Reviewer(s): Stuart, S.N., Chanson, J.S. & Cox, N.A.
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, tolerance of a degree of habitat modification, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is widely distributed at several localities in northern, eastern, southeastern, and mid-western Madagascar. It could be a complex of several species and the map might therefore not give a meaningful distribution. It has been recorded at 300-1,000m asl.
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Population [top]

Population: It appears to be a rare species.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is a burrowing species that lives in rainforest, including degraded forest, but not in open areas. Its breeding is unknown, though it is likely to be by larval development out of water, possibly underground, or in leaf axils, or in tree holes.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

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

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in several protected areas.

Citation: Nussbaum, R., Raxworthy, C.J. & Andreone, F. 2008. Rhombophryne laevipes. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 29 August 2015.
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