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This species is endemic to Madagascar where it is believed to be restricted to the northeast of the island (Glaw et al. 1999). Confirmed localities include the type locality, Nosy Mangabe (Glaw et al. 1999), and Masoala (Glaw and Vences 2007). There is a confirmed 2010 record from a locality west of Maroansetra close to Makira Reserve, making it likely that the lizard is also present in this forest block (F. Glaw pers. comm. January 2011). It is very possible that it occurs in other lowland moist forests to the north, such as Marojejy (Glaw et al. 1999). However, other records from Daraina (Rakotondravony 2006), Analamerana (Rakotondravony 2006), the Mantadia-Zahamena corridor (Rabibisoa et al. 2005) and lowland forests north of Toamasina (Brygoo 1978) must be verified, as these may reflect continuing taxonomic uncertainties within the B. minima group. Additionally, specimens from Betampona were found to represent a different species (F. Andreone pers. comm July 2011). Its extent of occurrence is tentatively considered to be 3,774 km²; although it may occur more widely (although probably not more widely than 20,000 km²), this conservative estimate is used here pending resolution of outstanding taxonomic issues.