AmphibiaWeb - Boophis reticulatus


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Boophis reticulatus Blommers-Schlösser, 1979

Subgenus: Boophis
family: Mantellidae
subfamily: Boophinae
genus: Boophis
Boophis reticulatus
© 2005 Vincenzo Mercurio (1 of 5)

sound file   hear call (188.9K MP3 file)

sound file   hear Fonozoo call (#1)
sound file   hear Fonozoo call (#2)

[call details here]

Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN Red List Status Account Least Concern (LC)
National Status None
Regional Status None
conservation needs Access Conservation Needs Assessment Report .


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M 29-35 mm, F 41-44 mm. Tibiotarsal articulation reaches between nostril and tip of snout. Hand with some webbing, foot webbing 1(0), 2i(1), 2e(0), 3i(1), 3e(1), 4i/e(1), 5(0). Dorsal skin with a network of very distinct dermal reticulations. Distinct spines on elbow and heel, and a series of large tubercles on the shanks. Colour typically rather uniform light brown. Usually two light patches under the eye. The iris is silvery and orange-brown. Males with indistinct nuptial pads and a weakly distensible single subgular vocal sac.

Similar species: Boophis sp. b has smoother dorsal skin. All subadults of the B. goudotii-group.

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Madagascar

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Ambohitantely, An’Ala, Andasibe, Itremo, Ranomafana National Park (Ambatovory, Ambatolahy, Maharira forest, Ranomena). It is observed between 800-1650 asl in primary rainforest along streams (Nussbaum and Raxworthy 2008).

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Habits: Males call at night from perches 1-2 m high in the vegetation along streams in rainforest. Can be very common, for example in the Ranomafana area.

Calls: Typically one or several relatively long unharmonious notes, sometimes series of up to 17 short notes.

Breeding takes place in streams (Nussbaum and Raxworthy 2008).

Trends and Threats
Least Concern: wide distribution, presumed large population, and slow decline. It occurs in many protected areas (Nussbaum and Raxworthy 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. and Raxworthy, C. (2008). Boophis reticulatus. In: IUCN 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 08 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 reticulatus <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Jul 21, 2024.

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