M 25 mm. Tibiotarsal articulation reaches between nostril and snout tip. Hand with some webbing, foot webbing 1(0.25), 2i(1), 2e(0), 3i(1), 3e(0.5), 4i/e(1.5), 5(0). Dorsal skin smooth. Dorsally light brown, sometimes with some smaller darker or lighter markings. Ventrally without red colour. Iris brownish or yellowish, with distinct black reticulations.
Similar species: Similar to many other small brown Boophis and difficult to diagnose by morphology alone. The reticulation of the iris in combination with the lack of red ventral colour allows for a tentative identification.
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Madagascar
It has been described relatively recently and is thought likely to be found elsewhere than the type locality.(Andasibe central eastern Madagascar). It occurs at 900m asl around an artificial dam, close to rainforest, and has also been found in open grass and in nearby forest (Andreone et al. 2008).
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Habits: Males were found calling at night from perch heights of 1-2 m around a near-stagnant broad stretch of a stream at the rainforest edge.
Calls: A fast series of 18-20 unharmonious notes.
Mating takes place in the dam's lake, where the water is slow-flowing (Andreone et al. 2008).
Trends and Threats
Data Deficient: not enough information. Its only known site is on the border of the Réserve Spéciale d’Analamazaotra (Andreone et. al 2008).
Possible reasons for amphibian decline
Habitat modification from deforestation, or logging related activities
Intensified agriculture or grazing
Taken with permission from Glaw and Vences (2007).
Andreone, F., Vences, M., Glaw, F., and Vallan, D. (2008). Boophis feonnyala. In: IUCN 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded on 07 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 2008-12-04
Edited by Henry Zhu (2009-05-05)
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