This species occurs in northeastern and eastern Madagascar where it is broadly distributed, mostly in low altitude areas up to 800 m asl. It is also recorded on Nosy Boraha (Ile St Marie). Records from the Andringitra area in southeastern Madagascar require confirmation and are not mapped here.
Habitat and Ecology
It lives on rainforest edges, dry forested areas, littoral forest on sand (i.e. the habitat immediately behind sand dunes), deforested areas, croplands, villages and urban areas. It breeds in temporary and permanent still water.
It is a very common species and the population trend 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 also 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 Masoala National Park and Betampona Strict Nature Reserve (Rosa et al. 2012), and perhaps in other 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.
This species is probably in a complex with Heterixalus alboguttatus and H. boettgeri.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2016. Heterixalus madagascariensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T56102A84160399. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-1.RLTS.T56102A84160399.en .Downloaded on 21 February 2019