M 19-21 mm. Dorsally translucent green with or without scattered brown spots, and often with a reddish brown stripe from snout tip to eye, and a patch of the same colour above the eye (Glaw and Vences 2007).
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Madagascar
Befody, Ranomena near Ambavaniasy, Vohidrazana (Glaw and Vences 2007). It has been reported at elevations from 850-900 m asl (Vallan et al. 2008). It is found in vegetation along streams in both intact and disturbed rainforest, and in thick secondar vegetation in open areas outside the forest (Vallan et al. 2008).
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Habits: Males call at night from positions 1-2 m above the ground in trees and bushes along broad streams in intact and disturbed rainforest. Calls are a series of 8-10 high-pitched melodious whistles (Glaw and Vences 2007).
Trends and Threats
Common where it occurs, but found only at a small number of sites. This species is not known to occur within any protected areas. Its habitat is threatened by increasing subsistence agriculture, logging, charcoal manufacture, invasion and spread of eucalyptus, increased grazing, and expanding human settlement (Vallan 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
Subtle changes to necessary specialized habitat
Taken partly from Glaw and Vences (2007), with permission.
Glaw, F., and Vences, M. (2007). Field Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar. Third Edition. Vences and Glaw Verlag, Köln.
Vallan, D., Glaw, F., and Vences, M. (2008). Boophis liami. In: IUCN 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded on 23 March 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 2009-03-17
Edited by Kellie Whittaker (2009-03-23)
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