AmphibiaWeb - Boophis miniatus


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Boophis miniatus (Mocquard, 1902)

Subgenus: Boophis
family: Mantellidae
subfamily: Boophinae
genus: Boophis
Boophis miniatus
© 2008 Miguel Vences and Frank Glaw (1 of 1)

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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 26-32 mm, F 35-38 mm. Tibiotarsal articulation reaches the nostril or tip of snout. Hand with some webbing, foot webbing 1(0.5), 2i(0.5), 2e(0), 3i(1), 3e(0.5), 4i/e(1), 5(0). Dorsal skin smooth. Males with indistinct nuptial pads and a weakly distensible single subgular vocal sac. Dorsally with variable colouration, lighter or darker brownish with or without darker markings or (rarely) with lighter dorsolateral bands. Hands, feet and thighs are red. Red colour also on the outer iris area.

Similar species: Most other small brown Boophis have a smaller tympanum (tympanum/eye diameter usually above 0.5 in B. miniatus), and lack red colour on the iris.

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Madagascar

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Andohahela, Isaka-Ivondro, Manantantely, Nahampoana, Pic St. Louis. Observed at elevations from 300 to 800m in pristine and degraded rainforest, including open areas (Nussbaum et al. 2008).

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Males call at night from 1 m high in the vegetation along slow-moving stretches of streams, in or near rainforest.

Calls: A fast series of 18-28 short unharmonious notes.

Breeding occurs in aggregations in streams (Nussbaum et al. 2008).

Trends and Threats
Least Concern: wide distribution and tolerance of habitat modification. It occurs in the Andohahela and Ranomafana National Parks, and probably in other protected areas (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., Raxworthy, C., and Glaw, F. (2008). Boophis miniatus. 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 miniatus <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Jul 20, 2024.

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