AmphibiaWeb - Boophis laurenti


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Boophis laurenti Guibé, 1947

Subgenus: Boophis
family: Mantellidae
subfamily: Boophinae
genus: Boophis
Boophis laurenti
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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN Red List Status Account Endangered (EN)
National Status None
Regional Status None
conservation needs Access Conservation Needs Assessment Report .


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M 30-33, F 40-43 mm. Tibiotarsal articulation reaches the nostril. Hand with a trace of webbing, foot webbing 1(0), 2i(1), 2e(0), 3i/e(1), 4i/e(1-1.5), 5(0). Dorsal skin smooth. Males with rather distinct nuptial pads and a single subgular vocal sac. On the back, especially females are typically dark brown with light brown markings and vermiculations, but specimens can also be light greyish brown with dark brown markings. Specimens occur with intermediate colour between B. microtympanum and B. laurenti. Discs of hand and feet and webbing orange in only some specimens. Iris green.

Similar species: Boophis microtympanum.

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Madagascar

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Andringitra (Ambalamarovandana, Andohariana plateau, Cuvette Boby). Observed at elevations from 1500 to 2650 m. It inhabits montane heathland, with its known localities being mainly above the tree line (Raxworthy and Vences 2008).

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
This species is only known from high elevations above 2000 m in the Andringitra Massif. Calling males were heard from specimens sitting on the ground or in the low vegetation around side pools of streams flowing through ericoid vegetation. On the Andohariana Plateau, specimens are found in close syntopy with B. microtympanum and both species appear to interbreed.

Calls: Heard only once; a series of nine longer, unharmonious notes followed by 2 short clicks.

Mating takes place in brooks and streams. The large larvae probably take at least one year to complete metamorphosis (Raxworthy and Vences 2008).

Trends and Threats
Data Deficient because of doubts as to its taxonomic validity, extent of occurrence, status and ecological requirements. It occurs in Parc National d'Andringitra (Raxworthy and Vences 2008).

Possible reasons for amphibian decline

Intensified agriculture or grazing

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.

Raxworthy, C. and Vences, M. (2008). Boophis laurenti. 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 2000-10-30)
Edited by: Henry Zhu (2009-05-05)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2009 Boophis laurenti <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed May 30, 2024.

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