This species is known from only two localities in east-central Madagascar between 900-1,100 m asl: one of them (East Betsileo) is very vague and the only precise known locality is Ranomafana National Park. Although the species might occur in other rainforest areas, many have now been surveyed and the species has not been reported from any of them. It occur in two threat-defined locations and its extent of occurrence (EOO) is 6,510 km2.
Habitat and Ecology
It is a terrestrial and sub-terrestrial species of rainforest and has, so far, not been found in degraded habitats. Its breeding biology is unknown although it is likely to be by larval development out of water, possibly underground, in leaf axils or in tree holes.
It is a rare species which is only known from a few specimens. Due to ongoing declines in the extent and quality of habitat, the population is suspected to be decreasing.
The major threat is habitat loss due to subsistence agriculture, timber extraction, charcoal manufacture, spread of invasive eucalyptus, livestock grazing, and expanding human settlements.
It occurs in Ranomafana National Park which is relatively well managed.
Improved protection and management of its habitat is required, including inside the boundaries of protected areas.
Further work is required to better understand its population size, distribution, and trends, and its life history and ecology.
Red List Status
Listed as Vulnerable because its extent of occurrence (EOO) is 6,510 km2, all individuals are in two threat-defined locations, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its forest habitat around Ranomafana National Park.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2016. Plethodontohyla brevipes. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T57968A84180615. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-1.RLTS.T57968A84180615.en .Downloaded on 19 February 2019