Overview

Comprehensive Description

Description

A medium-sized green treefrog, males about 33 mm SVL, females unknown. Back green, with many dispersed, small whitish spots. Sometimes some black pigmentations on the back. Venter whitish, yellow in the middle, bluish on the throat. White lateral fringes on lower arm and tarsus. Iris yellowish with symmetrical reddish markings. Skin on the back smooth. Nostrils equidistant between eye and tip of snout. Tympanum indistinct. Tibiotarsal articulation reaches the nostril. Webbing of the hand: a trace of webbing between 1 and 2i, 2e(1) 3i(2.5), 3e(1), 4(1). Webbing of the foot: 1(0.5), 2i/e(0.5), 3i(1), 3e(0.5), 4i/e(1), 5(0). Males with nuptial pads and probably a single, subgular vocal sac.

Taken with permission from Glaw and Vences (2007).

  • Nussbaum, R., Glaw, F., and Andreone, F. (2008). Boophis albipunctatus. In: IUCN 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded on 14 April 2009.
  • Glaw, F., and Vences, M. (2007). Field Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar. Third Edition. Vences and Glaw Verlag, Köln.
  • Glaw, F. and Vences, M. (1994). Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar. M. Vences and F. Glaw Verlags GbR., Köln.
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Distribution

Range Description

This species occurs in the eastern rainforest belt of Madagascar. There are three confirmed localities: Andohahela and Nahampoana in the south, and Andasibe in the north. These have been joined into a single polygon in the map on the assumption that it occurs in intervening localities. Its altitudinal range is 400-900m asl. Records from Ranomafana, Zahamena and Masoala in northern and northeastern Madagascar could belong to this species or to Boophis sibilans.
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Distribution and Habitat

Andasibe, Manantantely, Manombo, Nahampoana. It occurs between 400-900m aslin rainforest, generally along small streams and brooks (Nussbaum et al. 2008).

  • Nussbaum, R., Glaw, F., and Andreone, F. (2008). Boophis albipunctatus. In: IUCN 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded on 14 April 2009.
  • Glaw, F., and Vences, M. (2007). Field Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar. Third Edition. Vences and Glaw Verlag, Köln.
  • Glaw, F. and Vences, M. (1994). Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar. M. Vences and F. Glaw Verlags GbR., Köln.
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
It is a rainforest species, generally found along small streams and brooks. It is only in pristine forest. It breeds in streams.

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
2004

Assessor/s
Ronald Nussbaum, Frank Glaw, Franco Andreone

Reviewer/s
Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson and Neil Cox)

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Justification
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, 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
There is very little information, but it is rare in Andasibe but common in Nahampoana.

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

Males were calling in January at night in choruses from trees more than 3 m high along brooks in forest.

Call (from the terra typica, 25 °C): Composed of a series of short clicks (each click can be regarded as a note), repeated after intervals of 369-532 ms (mean 416 ms) and lasting 19-43 ms (mean 34 ms). Note repetition rate is about 2.5/s, frequency ranges from 2 to 3 kHz. The end of the call is characterized by some rapid note-series (of about 5 notes/series).

Calls from Andasibe are similar: note repetition rate is 2.1/s, the rapid note-series at the end of the call can consist of upto 12 notes. Frequency is between 2.5 and 3 kHz.

Eggs and tadpoles: Unknown.

Breeding takes place in streams (Nussbaum et al. 2008).

  • Nussbaum, R., Glaw, F., and Andreone, F. (2008). Boophis albipunctatus. In: IUCN 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded on 14 April 2009.
  • Glaw, F., and Vences, M. (2007). Field Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar. Third Edition. Vences and Glaw Verlag, Köln.
  • Glaw, F. and Vences, M. (1994). Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar. M. Vences and F. Glaw Verlags GbR., Köln.
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Threats

Major Threats
Its forest habitat is receding due to subsistence agriculture, timber extraction, charcoal manufacture, and invasive spread of eucalyptus, livestock grazing, and expanding human settlements. It might also be impacted by pollution of streams.
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Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors

Least Concern: wide distribution and large population. It occurs in the Parc National d'Andohahela and the Réserve Spéciale d’Analamazaotra (Nussbaum et al. 2008).

  • Nussbaum, R., Glaw, F., and Andreone, F. (2008). Boophis albipunctatus. In: IUCN 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded on 14 April 2009.
  • Glaw, F., and Vences, M. (2007). Field Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar. Third Edition. Vences and Glaw Verlag, Köln.
  • Glaw, F. and Vences, M. (1994). Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar. M. Vences and F. Glaw Verlags GbR., Köln.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
It occurs in the Parc National d'Andohahela and the Réserve Spéciale d’Analamazaotra.
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Wikipedia

Boophis albipunctatus

Boophis albipunctatus is a species of frog in the Mantellidae family. It is endemic to Madagascar. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and rivers. It is threatened by habitat loss. However, it is not on the endangered list.

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