M 24-26 mm. Morphologically similar to B. ankaratra, which is dorsally green, sometimes with light green mottling and indistinct, incomplete light dorsolateral lines (Glaw and Vences 2007).
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Madagascar
Ranomafana National Park (Ambatolahy, Vohiparara) (Glaw and Vences 2007). It occurs at 900-1,000 m asl, in pristine rainforest along streams (Glaw and Vences 2008).
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Males call at night from the vegetation along rainforest streams. Calls consist of a series of unharmonious notes which are less distinctly pulsed and have a stronger melodious component than in B. ankatratra (Glaw and Vences 2007).
Trends and Threats
Occurs within a protected area, the Parc National de Ranomafana. May require pristine forest as it has not been found within secondary forest. Threats include increasing subsistence agriculture, logging, charcoal manufacture, invasion and spread of eucalyptus, increased grazing, and expanding human settlement (Glaw and Vences 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.
Glaw, F., and Vences, M. (2008). Boophis schuboeae. 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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