AmphibiaWeb - Gephyromantis tandroka


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Gephyromantis tandroka (Glaw & Vences, 2001)

Subgenus: Duboimantis
family: Mantellidae
subfamily: Mantellinae
genus: Gephyromantis
Gephyromantis tandroka
© 2012 Sebastian Wolf (1 of 3)

sound file   hear call (169.3K MP3 file)

sound file   hear Fonozoo call

[call details here]

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 39 mm, F 40-45 mm. Inner and outer dorsolateral ridge present but indistinct. No heel spines. Two distinct and elevated interocular tubercles. Colouration variable, usually no light stripe along upper lip (Glaw and Vences 2007).

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Madagascar

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Marojejy Massif in north-eastern Madagascar (Glaw and Vences 2007), and possibly from Tsaratanana (one specimen has been collected and requires confirmation). This species has been observed between 700-1400 m (Raxworthy and Andreone 2008). It is usually located near streams and tiny trickles of water in rainforest, where it can be found climbing on low vegetation (Raxworthy and Andreone 2008). It is not found in disturbed areas (Raxworthy and Andreone 2008).

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Habits: Males call at night from positions 1-2 m high in the vegetation close to streams, in relatively high-elevation rainforest (Glaw and Vences 2007).

Calls: Usually a single unharmonious note, repeated after longer intervals of 1-3 seconds (Glaw and Vences 2007).

Trends and Threats
This species is listed as vulnerable because it is known from fewer than five locations. It occurs within a protected area, the Parc National de Marojejy. However, habitat is being lost due to agriculture and grazing, logging, charcoal manufacture, the invasion and spread of eucalyptus, and expanding human settlement (Raxworthy and Andreone 2008).

Possible reasons for amphibian decline

General habitat alteration and loss
Habitat modification from deforestation, or logging related activities
Intensified agriculture or grazing
Subtle changes to necessary specialized habitat

Taken with permission from Glaw and Vences (2007).


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

Raxworthy, C. and Andreone, F. (2008). Gephyromantis tandroka. In: IUCN 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 20 March 2009.

Originally submitted by: Miguel Vences and Frank Glaw (first posted 2009-03-20)
Edited by: Catherine Aguilar (2009-04-07)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2009 Gephyromantis tandroka <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Jul 23, 2024.

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