M 26-32 mm, F 35-38 mm. Tibiotarsal articulation reaches the nostril or tip of snout. Hand with some webbing, foot webbing 1(0.5), 2i(0.5), 2e(0), 3i(1), 3e(0.5), 4i/e(1), 5(0). Dorsal skin smooth. Males with indistinct nuptial pads and a weakly distensible single subgular vocal sac. Dorsally with variable colouration, lighter or darker brownish with or without darker markings or (rarely) with lighter dorsolateral bands. Hands, feet and thighs are red. Red colour also on the outer iris area.
Similar species: Most other small brown Boophis have a smaller tympanum (tympanum/eye diameter usually above 0.5 in B. miniatus), and lack red colour on the iris.
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Madagascar
Andohahela, Isaka-Ivondro, Manantantely, Nahampoana, Pic St. Louis. Observed at elevations from 300 to 800m in pristine and degraded rainforest, including open areas (Nussbaum et al. 2008).
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Males call at night from 1 m high in the vegetation along slow-moving stretches of streams, in or near rainforest.
Calls: A fast series of 18-28 short unharmonious notes.
Breeding occurs in aggregations in streams (Nussbaum et al. 2008).
Trends and Threats
Least Concern: wide distribution and tolerance of habitat modification. It occurs in the Andohahela and Ranomafana National Parks, and probably in other protected areas (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., Raxworthy, C., and Glaw, F. (2008). Boophis miniatus. 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 2000-10-24
Edited by Henry Zhu (2009-05-05)
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