Overview

Comprehensive Description

Description

As with M. femoralis, the definition of the species M. mocquardi is problematic. Because the type of M. mocquardi is a large female of 63 mm, it seems clear that this is a relatively large species, but several other large species exist as well. Females often appear to have a rather uniform silver white belly. M 38-55 mm, F 53-67 mm (Glaw and Vences 2007).

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

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

Range Description

This species is widely distributed at numerous localities in northern, eastern and central Madagascar, from Tsaratanana south Andohahela. The map is not very meaningful since it is an unresolved species complex. It occurs from sea level up to 2,500m asl.
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Distribution and Habitat

This species is an unresolved complex. It is widely distributed at numerous localities in northern, eastern and central Madagascar, from Tsaratanana south Andohahela from sea level up to 2500 m asl (Raxworthy and Vences 2008).

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

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
It is usually closely associated with streams in primary and degraded rainforest. It needs some tree cover at lower altitudes. It is also found in montane heathland, but not in agricultural areas. It lives on the ground, on rocks, and in low vegetation. 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
Christopher Raxworthy, Miguel Vences

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, tolerance of a degree of habitat modification, 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 conflicting information on its abundance, probably reflecting the fact that it is a complex of species.

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

Habits: It is usually closely associated with streams in primary and degraded rainforest. It needs some tree cover at lower altitudes. It is also found in montane heathland, but not in agricultural areas. It lives on the ground, on rocks, and in low vegetation. It breeds in streams (Raxworthy and Vences 2008).

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

Major Threats
It is probably not threatened, except perhaps by extreme deforestation. However, some of the constituent species in the unresolved complex are possibly 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 degree of habitat modification, 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 threatened, except perhaps by extreme deforestation. However, some of the constituent species in the unresolved complex are possibly threatened (Raxworthy and Vences 2008).

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

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
It occurs in many protected areas.
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Wikipedia

Mantidactylus mocquardi

Mantidactylus mocquardi is a species of frog in the Mantellidae family. It is endemic to Madagascar. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, subtropical or tropical moist montane forests, subtropical or tropical high-altitude shrubland, intermittent rivers, and heavily degraded former forest. It is threatened by habitat loss.

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