M 39-48 mm, F 45-50 mm. Morphologically similar to G. luteus except for its larger body size, and especially the larger and more prominent femoral glands.
Variation: Specimens from Antoetra have some genetic differentiation as compared to specimens from the Ranomafana area. Whether this reflects any relevant taxonomic divergence remains unstudied.
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Madagascar
Andohahela, Chaines Anosyennes, Midongy, Ranomafana.
This species has been recorded from two localities at 400-900m (Glaw and Vences 2008).
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Habits: Males have been observed calling at night from the vegetation, ca. 50 cm above the ground, in rainforest.
Calls: Single notes, or series of up to five notes, with a much slower note repetition rate than in G. luteus and G. sculpturatus. The notes are not melodious and quite clearly pulsed.
Trends and Threats
This species is listed as near threatened because its Extent of Occurrence is probably not much greater than 20,000 km2, and the extent and quality of its habitat are probably declining, thus making the species close to qualifying for Vulnerable. It occurs in Parc National de Ranomafana, and perhaps in Parc National d’Andohahela, however, it is threatened by the loss and degradation of its forest habitat due to subsistence agriculture, timber extraction, charcoal manufacture, invasive spread of eucalyptus, livestock grazing and expanding human settlements (Glaw and Vences 2008).
Possible reasons for amphibian decline
General habitat alteration and loss
Habitat modification from deforestation, or logging related activities
Intensified agriculture or grazing
Taken with permission from Glaw and Vences (2007).
Glaw, F. and Vences, M. (2008). Gephyromantis plicifer. In: IUCN 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded on 18 March 2009.
Glaw, F., and Vences, M. (2007). Field Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar. Third Edition. Vences and Glaw Verlag, Köln.
Written by Miguel Vences and Frank Glaw (m.vences AT tu-bs.de), Assistant Professor and Curator of Vertebrates at the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics in the Zoological Museum at the University of Amsterdam
First submitted 2000-11-30
Edited by Catherine Aguilar (2009-04-07)
Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2009 Gephyromantis plicifer <http://amphibiaweb.org/species/4619> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Aug 12, 2020.
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