M 30-33, F 40-43 mm. Tibiotarsal articulation reaches the nostril. Hand with a trace of webbing, foot webbing 1(0), 2i(1), 2e(0), 3i/e(1), 4i/e(1-1.5), 5(0). Dorsal skin smooth. Males with rather distinct nuptial pads and a single subgular vocal sac. On the back, especially females are typically dark brown with light brown markings and vermiculations, but specimens can also be light greyish brown with dark brown markings. Specimens occur with intermediate colour between B. microtympanum and B. laurenti. Discs of hand and feet and webbing orange in only some specimens. Iris green.
Similar species: Boophis microtympanum.
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Madagascar
Andringitra (Ambalamarovandana, Andohariana plateau, Cuvette Boby). Observed at elevations from 1500 to 2650 m. It inhabits montane heathland, with its known localities being mainly above the tree line (Raxworthy and Vences 2008).
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
This species is only known from high elevations above 2000 m in the Andringitra Massif. Calling males were heard from specimens sitting on the ground or in the low vegetation around side pools of streams flowing through ericoid vegetation. On the Andohariana Plateau, specimens are found in close syntopy with B. microtympanum and both species appear to interbreed.
Calls: Heard only once; a series of nine longer, unharmonious notes followed by 2 short clicks.
Mating takes place in brooks and streams. The large larvae probably take at least one year to complete metamorphosis (Raxworthy and Vences 2008).
Trends and Threats
Data Deficient because of doubts as to its taxonomic validity, extent of occurrence, status and ecological requirements. It occurs in Parc National d'Andringitra (Raxworthy and Vences 2008).
Possible reasons for amphibian decline
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.
Raxworthy, C. and Vences, M. (2008). Boophis laurenti. In: IUCN 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded on 07 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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