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Scaphiophryne boribory 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Microhylidae

Scientific Name: Scaphiophryne boribory Vences, Raxworthy, Nussbaum & Glaw, 2003
Taxonomic Source(s): Frost, D.R. 2015. Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0. New York, USA. Available at: http://research.amnh.org/herpetology/amphibia/index.html.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2017
Date Assessed: 2016-06-14
Assessor(s): IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group
Reviewer(s): Luedtke, J.
Contributor(s): Raxworthy, C.J., Glaw, F., Scherz, M.D. & Vences, M.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Luedtke, J., Hobin, L.
Justification:
Listed as Vulnerable due to its extent of occurrence (EOO) of 12,146 km2, because it is known from three threat-defined locations, and there is ongoing decline in the quality and extent of its habitat. This is a downlisting from the 2008 assessment, when the species was evaluated as Endangered, due to the expansion of its range.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species was previously only known from Fierenanan and Marotondrano Special Reserve in eastern Madagascar at 950 m Asl. However it has now also been found over 200 km to the northwest at Andriakanala in Bemanevika, northern Madagascar between 1,590–1,730 m Asl (Rabearivony et al. 2010). As a result, its EOO has expanded to 12,146 km2 and the known sites are thought to represent three threat-defined locations.
Countries occurrence:
Native:
Madagascar
Additional data:
Number of Locations:3
Lower elevation limit (metres):950
Upper elevation limit (metres):1730
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Population [top]

Population:It is presumably locally common, at least according to evidence from commercial collectors. However due to ongoing decline 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:This species is probably restricted to large, flooded forest areas on sandy ground, and presumably breeds in swamps. Its adaptability to altered habitats is unknown.
Systems:Terrestrial; Freshwater
Continuing decline in area, extent and/or quality of habitat:Yes
Movement patterns:Not a Migrant

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is found in the international pet trade.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The major threat is forest loss due to subsistence agriculture, timber extraction, charcoal manufacture, spread of invasive eucalyptus, livestock grazing, and expanding human settlements. It might also be affected by over-collection for the international pet trade.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Conservation Actions
This species has been recorded in the Marotondrano Special Reserve and Bemanevika, one of the new proposed sites for Madagascar’s protected area network under the SAPM (Système des Aires Protégées de Madagascar) framework (Rabearivony et al. 2014).

Conservation Needed
There is an urgent need for habitat protection and controlled, sustainable trade in this species.

Research Needed
Further surveys are required to determine the species' presence between known sites.

Citation: IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group. 2017. Scaphiophryne boribory. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T57995A84182091. . Downloaded on 11 December 2017.
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