M 29-30 mm, F 32-35 mm. Tibiotarsal articulation reaches at least the nostril and often beyond snout tip. Hand with some webbing, foot webbing 1(0), 2i(0.5), 2e(0), 3i(0.5), 3e(0), 4i/e(1), 5(0). Dorsal skin smooth. Dorsally usually greenish, sometimes with small or larger interspersed reddish dots. Especially subadults and at night, specimens can change colour to become more reddish brown. Outer iris area distinctly blue, iris periphery blue.
Similar species: The remaining species of the B. rappiodes-group are smaller and differ by iris colouration. Species of the B. luteus-group have white lateral fringes along the lower arm and tarsus.
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Madagascar
Andasibe, Andringitra (Iantara river), Ankopakopaka forest, Mahakajy private reserve (near Ranomafana), Mananara, Manombo, Mantadia, Marotreho forest. It occurs between 350-1,100m asl in pristine and secondary rainforest, but not in open habitats (Nussbaum and Andreone 2008).
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Habits: Males call at night from perches in the vegetation 1-2 m above the ground, along relatively slow-moving streams and ditches. During dry weather, calling specimens have also been observed up to 5 m high. One amplecting pair laid 154 dark brown eggs.
Calls: Consist of two unharmonious and pulsed note types. The longer note type contains up to 40 pulses and is sometimes repeated in short series. The shorter note type consists of three, rarely four pulses, and is usually emitted in series of 2-3 notes.
Breeding takes place in streams (Nussbaum and Andreone 2008).
Trends and Threats
Least Concern: wide distribution, tolerance habitat modification, and large population. It occurs in several protected areas (Nussbaum and Andreone 2008).
Possible reasons for amphibian decline
General habitat alteration and loss
Habitat modification from deforestation, or logging related activities
Intensified agriculture or grazing
Taken with permission from Glaw and Vences (2007).
Glaw, F. and Vences, M. (1994). Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar. M. Vences and F. Glaw Verlags GbR., Köln.
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 Andreone, F. (2008). Boophis viridis. In: IUCN 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded on 14 April 2009.
Written by Miguel Vences and Frank Glaw (m.vences AT tu-bs.de), Assistant Professor and Curator of Vertebrates at the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics in the Zoological Museum at the University of Amsterdam
First submitted 2000-10-24
Edited by Henry Zhu (2009-05-05)
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