Overview

Comprehensive Description

Description

The following description is a generalized one. Adults 30-45 mm. Tibiotarsal articulation reaches between eye and nostrils. Hands without webbing, feet almost completely webbed: 1(0), 2i/e(0), 3i/e(0), 4i/e(0.5-0), 5(0). Fingers and toes with well-developed terminal discs. Dorsal skin relatively smooth with numerous scattered larger tubercles. Dorsally light brown with three large olive-green to blackish patches (Glaw and Vences 2007).

Taken with permission from Glaw and Vences (2007) and Nussbaum and Vences (2008).

  • Glaw, F., and Vences, M. (2007). Field Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar. Third Edition. Vences and Glaw Verlag, Köln.
  • Nussbaum, R. and Vences, M. (2008). Mantidactylus lugubris. In: IUCN 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded on 08 April 2009.
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Distribution

Range Description

This species has a wide distribution, and is recorded from many localities in eastern and northeastern Madagascar, with a few records on the central plateau, and one isolated locality in south-central Madagascar (Isalo). It has been recorded from sea level up to 1,500m asl.
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Distribution and Habitat

Speciecs has been recorded at Andasibe, Mantadia, Vohidrazana, probably Ranomafana (Glaw and Vences 2007) from sea level up to 1500m asl (Nussbaum and Vences 2008).

  • Glaw, F., and Vences, M. (2007). Field Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar. Third Edition. Vences and Glaw Verlag, Köln.
  • Nussbaum, R. and Vences, M. (2008). Mantidactylus lugubris. In: IUCN 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded on 08 April 2009.
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
It is associated with rocky streams in rainforest, degraded forest, and open areas adjacent to forest, and in more open savannah on the high plateau of Madagascar. It breeds in streams. The eggs are laid on steep rocks near streams, tadpoles in water.

Systems
  • Terrestrial
  • Freshwater
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
LC
Least Concern

Red List Criteria

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2008

Assessor/s
Nussbaum, R. & Vences, M.

Reviewer/s
Stuart, S.N., Chanson, J.S. & Cox, N.A.

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Justification
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, tolerance of a broad range of habitats, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
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Population

Population
It is a very common species.

Population Trend
Stable
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Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors

Habits: Commonly found along streams, sitting on rocks and stones next to the water, but not necessarily in very rapidly flowing sections. Males call at night, either from elevated positions on these rocks or from relatively high positions in trees along streams (Glaw and Vences 2007).

Calls: An isolated, rapid pulsed trill note (Glaw and Vences 2007).

  • Glaw, F., and Vences, M. (2007). Field Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar. Third Edition. Vences and Glaw Verlag, Köln.
  • Nussbaum, R. and Vences, M. (2008). Mantidactylus lugubris. In: IUCN 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded on 08 April 2009.
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Threats

Major Threats
It is probably not affected by anything other than very extreme deforestation, and is adaptable and is unlikely to be threatened.
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Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors

This species is listed as least concern because of its wide distribution, tolerance of a broad range of habitats, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category. It occurs in many protected areas and is probably not affected by anything other than very extreme deforestation, and is adaptable and is unlikely to be threatened (Nussbaum and Vences 2008).

  • Glaw, F., and Vences, M. (2007). Field Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar. Third Edition. Vences and Glaw Verlag, Köln.
  • Nussbaum, R. and Vences, M. (2008). Mantidactylus lugubris. In: IUCN 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded on 08 April 2009.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
It occurs in many protected areas.
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Wikipedia

Mantidactylus lugubris

Mantidactylus lugubris is a frog species in the family Mantellidae. It is endemic to Madagascar.

Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, subtropical or tropical moist montane forests, moist savanna, subtropical or tropical high-altitude grassland, rivers, and heavily degraded former forest.It is not considered threatened by the IUCN.

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