Boophis sambirano 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Mantellidae

Scientific Name: Boophis sambirano
Species Authority: Vences and Glaw, 2005
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: 2006
Date Assessed: 2006-01-31
Assessor(s): Miguel Vences, Franco Andreone, Nirhy H.C. Rabibisoa
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson and Neil Cox)
Listed as Vulnerable because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 20,000 km2, it is known from fewer than ten locations, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat in northern Madagascar.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is currently known only from the Réserve Spéciale de Manongarivo in north-western Madagascar at 280m asl, and from forests further east in the Réserve Naturelle Intégrale du Tsaratanana at 1,300m asl (at the Antsahamanara campsite - M. Vences pers. comm.). It might occur more widely in northern Madagascar, but other records of frogs from the Boophis mandraka group within its general range refer to other, undescribed species (M. Vences pers. comm.). It apparently does not occur further east than Tsaratanana, and so its range is genuinely restricted.
Countries occurrence:
Number of Locations: 2
Lower elevation limit (metres): 280
Upper elevation limit (metres): 1300
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Population [top]

Population: It appears to be locally common at its type locality.
Current Population Trend: Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It has been found in a degraded area near a small human settlement not far from areas of relatively undisturbed rainforest. Animals were calling 5-20m from water, along a fast-flowing stream, sitting 2-4m above the ground on shrubs and trees. This species presumably breeds by larval development in streams.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There is very little information. Animals have been found at forest edges, but probably depend on nearby unaltered rainforest. Although all records are currently from protected areas, any unprotected populations, which probably exist between the known loactions, could be at risk from forest loss.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in the Réserve Spéciale de Manongarivo and the Réserve Naturelle Intégrale du Tsaratanana.

Citation: Miguel Vences, Franco Andreone, Nirhy H.C. Rabibisoa. 2006. Boophis sambirano. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2006: e.T61836A12565796. . Downloaded on 29 November 2015.
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