AmphibiaWeb - Gephyromantis plicifer


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Gephyromantis plicifer (Boulenger, 1882)

Subgenus: Duboimantis
family: Mantellidae
subfamily: Mantellinae
genus: Gephyromantis

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  hear call (176.0K MP3 file)

  hear Fonozoo call

[call details here]

Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN Red List Status Account Least Concern (LC)
National Status None
Regional Status None
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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


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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. 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.

Originally submitted by: Miguel Vences and Frank Glaw (first posted 2000-11-30)
Edited by: Catherine Aguilar (2009-04-07)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2009 Gephyromantis plicifer <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed May 20, 2024.

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