M 37-38 mm, F 49 mm. Tibiotarsal articulation reaches the snout tip or beyond. Hand with some webbing, foot webbing 1(0.5), 2i(1), 2e(0), 3i(1), 3e(0.75), 4i/e(1), 5(0). Dorsal skin with a network of fine dermal reticulations. Distinct spines on elbow and heel. Colour typically rather uniform light brown. The iris is yellowish-brown and the iris periphery is blue. Males with indistinct nuptial pads and a weakly distensible single subgular vocal sac.
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Madagascar
An’Ala, Andasibe. It is observed between 815-900m asl. This species inhabits rainforest, including old secondary forest close to pristine forest, and breeds in streams (Vences and Glaw 2008).
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Habits: Appears to be very localized and rather rare within its known distribution area. Males have been heard calling before the onset of the rainy season in December, from perches in the vegetation 1.5-2 m above the ground along a stream in rainforest.
Calls: Two types of unharmonious notes, a longer note typically followed by a series of 2-3 shorter notes.
Trends and Threats
Data Deficient: uncertainties related to extent of occurrence, status and ecological requirements. It occurs in the Réserve Spéciale d’Analamazaotra, and probably in the nearby Parc National de Mantadia (Vences and Glaw 2008).
Possible reasons for amphibian decline
General habitat alteration and loss
Habitat modification from deforestation, or logging related activities
Intensified agriculture or grazing
Dedicated to Marius Burger, Grahamstown, in recognition for his help in the
field and his contributions to this fieldguide.
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.
Vences, M. and Glaw, F. (2008). Boophis burgeri. In: IUCN 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded on 08 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 2000-10-30
Edited by Henry Zhu (2009-05-05)
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