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
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Madagascar
Andasibe, Manantantely, Manombo, Nahampoana. It occurs between 400-900m asl
in rainforest, generally along small streams and brooks (Nussbaum et al. 2008).
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).
Trends and Threats
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).
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., 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.
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 (2010-07-19)
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