M 21-24 mm. Colouration similar to B. liami, which is dorsally translucent green with or without scattered brown spots, often with a reddish brown stripe from snout tip to eye, and a patch of the same color above the eye (Glaw and Vences 2007).
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Madagascar
Tsaratanana (Antsahamanara campsite), Manongarivo (Glaw and Vences 2007). It occurs at 280 m asl in the Réserve Spéciale de Manongarivo in north-western Madagascar and at 1,300 m asl in the Réserve Naturelle Intégrale du Tsaratanana. Does not occur further east than Tsaratanana. It has been found at forest edges, in a degraded area near relatively pristine rainforest (Vences et al. 2006).
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Males were observed calling at night from positions 2-4 m above the ground in trees and shrubs, up to 20 m away from a broad and fast-flowing stream next to rainforest. Calls consist of a slow series of 12-20 melodious whistles (Glaw and Vences 2007).
Trends and Threats
Appears to be able to tolerate some habitat disturbance. Occurs within at least two protected sites, the Réserve Spéciale de Manongarivo, and the Réserve Naturelle Intégrale du Tsaratanana. If the species occurs between these areas, which is likely, habitat loss is a threat (Vences et al. 2006).
Possible reasons for amphibian decline
General habitat alteration and loss
Habitat modification from deforestation, or logging related activities
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.
Vences, M., Andreone, F., and Rabibisoa, N. H. C. (2006). Boophis sambirano. 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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