AmphibiaWeb - Boophis majori


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Boophis majori (Boulenger, 1896)

Subgenus: Boophis
family: Mantellidae
subfamily: Boophinae
genus: Boophis
Boophis majori
© 1994 Miguel Vences and Frank Glaw (1 of 4)

sound file   hear call (121.6K MP3 file)

sound file   hear Fonozoo call

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN Red List Status Account Vulnerable (VU)
National Status None
Regional Status None
conservation needs Access Conservation Needs Assessment Report .


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M 22-24 mm, F 29 mm. Tibiotarsal articulation reaches between nostril and snout tip. Hand with some webbing, foot webbing 1(0-0.5), 2i(0.5-1), 2e(0), 3i(1-1.5), 3e(0.5), 4i/e(1.5-2), 5(0-0.5). Dorsal skin smooth. Dorsally light brown, often uniform. Ventrally at least with some red colour on the feet and thighs. Iris golden-yellow.

Similar species: Similar to many other small brown Boophis and difficult to diagnose by morphology alone. The yellow-golden iris colouration is a relatively constant diagnostic character.

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Madagascar

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Ambohimitombo, Andringitra (Imaitso forest), Ranomafana National Park (Andranaroa river, Maharira forest, Ranomena, Vohiparara). Occurs between 900-1500 asl. This species lives in rainforest and breeds along streams (Nussbaum et al. 2008).

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Habits: Males call 2-4 m high in the vegetation along rainforest streams and are usually rather difficult to see. One couple from Vohiparara laid a clutch of dark eggs.

Calls: A series of 11-47 very short, unharmonious notes.

Trends and Threats
Near Threatened: extent of occurrence is probably not much greater than 20,000 km2, and the extent and quality of its habitat are probably declining, thus making the species close to qualifying for vulnerable. It occurs in Parc National d'Andringitra and Parc National de Ranomafana (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
Habitat fragmentation

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., Glaw, F., and Vences, M. (2008). Boophis majori. In: IUCN 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 07 April 2009.

Originally submitted by: Miguel Vences and Frank Glaw (first posted 2000-10-24)
Edited by: Henry Zhu (2009-05-05)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2009 Boophis majori <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Jun 16, 2024.

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