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Boophis brachychir

Subgenus: Boophis
family: Mantellidae
subfamily: Boophinae

© 1994 Miguel Vences and Frank Glaw (1 of 3)

  hear call (72.7K MP3 file)

  hear Fonozoo call (#1)
  hear Fonozoo call (#2)

[call details here]

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Data Deficient (DD)
See IUCN account.
CITES No CITES Listing
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

   

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Description
M ca. 45-50 mm. Male specimens from Benavony measure 46-49 mm and their tibiotarsal articulation reaches between nostril and snout tip. Hand with some webbing, foot webbing 1(0), 2i(0.5), 2e(0), 3i(1), 3e(0.5), 4i/e(1), 5(0.5). Dorsal skin smooth. Relatively small but distinct spiny tubercles on heel and elbow. Males with nuptial pads and a weakly distensible single subgular vocal sac. Dorsally light brown, typically with a large darker central patch.

Similar species: Boophis madagascariensis differs by call, is larger and has larger dermal flaps on the heels and elbows; B. reticulatus and B. burgeri are smaller and have a network of elevated ridges on the back.

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Madagascar

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Benavony, Manongarivo, Montagne d’Ambre, Nosy Be. It is observed at 1600 m asl. This species lives in rainforest, dry forest, and savannah, and breeds in streams (Andreone et al. 2008).

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Habits: Males call at night in the vegetation 1-2 m above the ground along streams in rainforest.

Calls: Consisting of a longer moaning note and a shorter note arranged in series.

Eggs and tadpoles: Eggs unknown. Tadpoles which possibly belong to this species were found in brooks. Juveniles possibly belonging to this species are similar to Boophis in colouration.

Trends and Threats
Data Deficient: uncertainties related to extent of occurrence, status and ecological requirements. It occurs in many protected areas (Andreone 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
Urbanization
Habitat fragmentation

Comments
Taken with permission from Glaw and Vences (2007).

References
 

Andreone, F., Vences, M., and Glaw, F. (2008). Boophis brachychir. In: IUCN 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded on 08 April 2009.  

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.



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 2000-10-30
Edited by Henry Zhu (2009-05-05)



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