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Mantidactylus bellyi 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Mantellidae

Scientific Name: Mantidactylus bellyi
Species Authority: Mocquard, 1895
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.
Taxonomic Notes: We follow Glaw and Vences (2006) in separating this species from Mantidactylus curtus.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2016-05-17
Assessor(s): IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group
Reviewer(s): Cox, N.A.
Contributor(s): Andreone, F., Glaw, F. & Vences, M.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Hobin, L.
Justification:
Listed as Least Concern because it probably has a relatively wide distribution, is tolerant of habitat degradation and has a presumed large population.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is reliably known from Fôret d’Ambre Special Reserve, Montagne d’Ambre National Park (D'Cruze et al. 2008), Ankarana and Montagne des Français in northern Madagascar, and Andape in the northeast (Glaw and Vences, 2006; D'Cruz et al. 2007, Glaw and Vences 2007). It has also been recorded from forest fragments in the Tsarakibany area between Montagne d’Ambre National Park and Ankarana Special Reserve, northern Madagascar. (Durkin et al. 2011). It can be expected to occur more widely within its range in northern and northeastern Madagascar. It occurs between 100-1,100 m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Native:
Madagascar
Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):100
Upper elevation limit (metres):1100
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Population [top]

Population:It is a very common species (M. Vences pers. comm.) and is abundant on the Montagne des Français (D'Cruz et al. 2007). The population trend is believed to be stable.
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species lives along streams in evergreen forest and dry forest, and also survives in degraded habitats. It has been found in a ditch in degraded forest near the edge of a town. It breeds in streams.
Systems:Terrestrial; Freshwater
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): It is an adaptable species that is not facing any significant threats. Species in this genus have tested positive for Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), however currently there have been no negative effects observed within amphibian populations in Madagascar suggesting the Bd strain has a low virulence level (Bletz et al. 2015).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Conservation Actions
This species occurs in Fôret d’Ambre Special Reserve and Montagne d'Ambre National Park (D'Cruze et al. 2008). Montagne des Français has been granted temporary Protected Area Status (the first of three steps necessary to create a permanently protected area) (D'Cruze et al. 2007). 

Research Needed
Research is needed to determine its geographic range and ecological requirements. Further research is also essential to fully understand the distribution, origin, type and virulence of Bd lineages found in Madagascar (Bletz et al. 2015).

Citation: IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group. 2016. Mantidactylus bellyi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T135902A84184723. . Downloaded on 21 August 2017.
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