AmphibiaWeb - Boophis sambirano


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Boophis sambirano Vences & Glaw, 2005

Subgenus: Boophis
family: Mantellidae
subfamily: Boophinae
genus: Boophis
Species Description: Vences, M and F. Glaw. 2005. A new cryptic frog of the genus Boophis from the north- western rainforests of Madagascar. African Journal of Herpetology 54: 77–84.

© 2008 Miguel Vences and Frank Glaw (1 of 1)

  hear call (170.1K MP3 file)

  hear Fonozoo call

[call details here]

Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN Red List Status Account Endangered (EN)
National Status None
Regional Status None
Access Conservation Needs Assessment Report .



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M 21-24 mm. Colouration similar to B. liami, which is dorsally translucent green with or without scattered brown spots, often with a reddish brown stripe from snout tip to eye, and a patch of the same color above the eye (Glaw and Vences 2007).

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Madagascar


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Tsaratanana (Antsahamanara campsite), Manongarivo (Glaw and Vences 2007). It occurs at 280 m asl in the Réserve Spéciale de Manongarivo in north-western Madagascar and at 1,300 m asl in the Réserve Naturelle Intégrale du Tsaratanana. Does not occur further east than Tsaratanana. It has been found at forest edges, in a degraded area near relatively pristine rainforest (Vences et al. 2006).

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Males were observed calling at night from positions 2-4 m above the ground in trees and shrubs, up to 20 m away from a broad and fast-flowing stream next to rainforest. Calls consist of a slow series of 12-20 melodious whistles (Glaw and Vences 2007).

Trends and Threats
Appears to be able to tolerate some habitat disturbance. Occurs within at least two protected sites, the Réserve Spéciale de Manongarivo, and the Réserve Naturelle Intégrale du Tsaratanana. If the species occurs between these areas, which is likely, habitat loss is a threat (Vences et al. 2006).

Possible reasons for amphibian decline

General habitat alteration and loss
Habitat modification from deforestation, or logging related activities

Taken partly from Glaw and Vences (2007), with permission.


Glaw, F., and Vences, M. (2007). Field Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar. Third Edition. Vences and Glaw Verlag, Köln.

Vences, M., Andreone, F., and Rabibisoa, N. H. C. (2006). ''Boophis sambirano''. In: IUCN 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 23 March 2009.

Originally submitted by: Miguel Vences and Frank Glaw (first posted 2009-03-17)
Edited by: Kellie Whittaker (2009-03-23)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2009 Boophis sambirano <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Apr 18, 2024.

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