This species occurs in eastern and central Madagascar between 500-1,600 m asl , where it is broadly distributed. Further research might show it to occur both north and south of the area mapped. An isolated record from northern Madagascar and records from Marojejy and Manakara require confirmation; records from Montagne d'Ambre probably refer to Heterixalus carbonei and records from Tsaratanana could refer to either this species or H. carbonei.
Habitat and Ecology
It lives in deforested and otherwise degraded areas, such as savannahs, fields, croplands, urban areas and villages. It breeds in temporary and permanent still water.
It is a common species and the population is believed to be stable.
It is probably not affected by deforestation, and is adaptable and is unlikely to be threatened. Low numbers appear in international trade, but not at a level to constitute a threat to the species.
Species in this genus have tested positive for Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), however currently there have been no negative effects observed within amphibian populations in Madagascar suggesting the Bd strain has a low virulence level (Bletz et al. 2015).
It occurs in several protected areas.
Further research is essential to fully understand the distribution, origin, type and virulence of Bd lineages found in Madagascar (Bletz et al. 2015).
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, tolerance of a broad range of habitats and presumed large population.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2016. Heterixalus betsileo. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T56098A84159918. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-1.RLTS.T56098A84159918.en .Downloaded on 23 January 2019