Boophis roseipalmatus

Subgenus: Boophis
family: Mantellidae
subfamily: Boophinae
Species Description: Glaw F, Koehler J, de la Riva I, Vieites DR, Vences M 2010 Integrative taxonomy of Malagasy treefrogs: combination of molecular genetics, bioacoustics and comparative morphology reveals twelve additional species of Boophis. Zootaxa 2382:1-82.

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Least Concern (LC)
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

The species occurs between 255-1,050 m asl in Montagne d'Ambre National Park, Fontenay Nature Park, Forêt d'Ambre Special Reserve, Masoala National Park (Glaw et al. 2010), Sorata in northern Madagascar (F. Glaw pers. comm. November 2014) and Betampona Strict Nature Reserve in eastern Madagascar (Rosa et al. 2012). Records from Marojejy National Park still need to be confirmed (Glaw et al. 2010) and are therefore not included in this assessment. Its area of occupancy (AOO) is rather limited to the remaining rainforest patches within the mapped areas (Glaw et al. 2010) and its extent of occurrence (EOO) is 45,719 km2.

Habitat and Ecology

This species has been recorded from both lowland and montane rainforest. It also occurs in degraded forest (F. Glaw pers. comm. November 2014). It breeds by larval development in streams, slow moving streams and swamps (F. Glaw pers. comm. November 2014).


It is a locally abundant species, especially in Montagne d'Ambre. However, due to ongoing declines in the extent and quality of habitat, the population is suspected to be decreasing.

Population Trend


Major Threats

There is continuing decline in the extent and quality of the species' habitat caused by subsistence agriculture, timber extraction, charcoal manufacturing, invasive spread of eucalyptus, livestock grazing, regular burning to maintain cattle pasture, and expanding human settlements.

Species in this genus have tested positive for Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), however currently there have been no negative effects observed within amphibian populations in Madagascar suggesting the Bd strain has a low virulence level (Bletz et al. 2015).

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
It occurs in Montagne d'Ambre National Park, Fontenay Nature Park, Forêt d'Ambre Special Reserve, and Betampona Strict Nature Reserve. 

Conservation Needed
Improved protection and management is required to protect the biodiversity found in Forêt d'Ambre Special Reserve and other tracts of forest within the species' range.

Research Needed
Further research is also essential to fully understand the distribution, origin, type and virulence of Bd lineages found in Madagascar (Bletz et al. 2015).

Red List Status

Least Concern (LC)


Listed as Least Concern because it is a widespread species that is adaptable to degraded habitats.

Taxonomic Notes

In the Boophis majori group, and previously confused with Boophis madagascariensis, according to the original publication (Frost 2013).


IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2016. Boophis roseipalmatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T49545046A49545095. .Downloaded on 24 February 2019


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