Previously considered as M. curtus, populations from the Andringitra Massif have recently been resurrected under the name M. bourgati. Specimens of quite variable morphology and colouration can be found along streams both inside montane forest and above the treeline (Glaw and Vences 2007).
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Madagascar
Andringitra, Andohariana plateau, Imaitso forest (Glaw and Vences 2007). It occurs between 1,400-2,000 m asl in clean streams, generally within montane forest, and also in montane grassland above the treeline (Vences and Andreone 2008).
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Breeding takes place in streams (Vences and Andreone 2008).
Trends and Threats
Abundance is not known. So far all known localities are within one protected area, Andringitra National Park. It probably does not tolerate degraded habitat (Vences and Andreone 2008).
Taken with permission from 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.
Vences, M. and Andreone, F. (2008). Mantidactylus bourgati. In: IUCN 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded on 29 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 2009-04-29
Edited by Kellie Whittaker (2009-04-30)
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