Anodonthyla pollicaris

Subgenus: Cophylinae
family: Microhylidae
subfamily: Cophylinae
Species Description: Vences M, Glaw F, Koehler J, Wollenberg KC 2010 Molecular phylogeny, morphology and bioacoustics reveal five additional species of arboreal microhylid frogs of the genus Anodonthyla from Madagascar. Contrib Zool 79:1-32. Raised to full species from synonymy with A. boulengeri.
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Data Deficient (DD)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Madagascar


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is known from northeast Madagascar, where four subpopulations have been recorded between Toamasina and Tanaramé, including Anamalazoatra/Mantadia National Park (Vences et al. 2010). The species has a known extent of occurrence of 745 km2, but the precise limits of its range are poorly-assessed (Vences et al. 2010). It is currently known from sites between 770 and 1,000 m asl (M. Vences pers. comm. December 2010).

Habitat and Ecology

This is an arboreal frog of mid-elevation rainforest, which has been recorded from around 935 m above sea level. It is thought to breed by larval development in small water bodies. Calling males have been found in water-filled tree holes, which may represent reproductive habitat as they do for A. boulengerii (Vences et al. 2010).


No population status information is currently available for this species (M. Vences pers. comm. December 2010).

Population Trend


Major Threats

There is no information on major threats to this species. Its ability to tolerate habitat modification is poorly understood (Vences et al. 2010). This frog is known from too few records to establish whether agricultural encroachment into Anamalazoatra or ongoing rural development represent threats to this species (M. Vences pers. comm. December 2010).

Conservation Actions

The frog is known from at least one national protected area, Anamalazoatra/Mantadia National Park, in which it has been recorded from sites separated by ca 5 km (M. Vences pers. comm. December 2010). It has also been reported from the Mitsinjo private reserve near Andasibe Village (M. Vences pers. comm. December 2010). No species-specific conservation measures are known to be in place for this species. More information is needed on this species' distribution, population status, natural history and threats.

Red List Status

Data Deficient (DD)


Listed as Data Deficient as it has only recently been recognized as a distinct species, and more research is needed into its extent of occurrence, area of occupancy and tolerance of threatening processes.

Taxonomic Notes

Originally described as Mantella pollicaris by Boettger (1913), and later synonymised with A. boulengerii (Noble & Parker 1926). Removed from this synonymy by Vences et al. (2010) on the basis of molecular and acoustic data.


IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group, 2012. Anodonthyla pollicaris. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2012: e.T190914A1960715. .Downloaded on 23 January 2019


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