M 46-48 mm, F 45-50 mm. A relatively large species with a mosaic pattern of characters. Blackish paired subgular vocal sac, similar to G. luteus; interocular tubercles and weak expression of dorsolateral ridges as in G. tandroka. Only rudiments of heel spines. Often a light marking under the eye.
Similar species: Distinguished from G. luteus and G. tandroka by larger size and more distinct femoral glands.
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Madagascar
Ambolokopatrika corridor, Besariaka.
This species occurs between 500-1000m (Andreone and Vences 2008).
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Habits: Males call at night in rainforest from elevated perches, 2-3 m above the ground, in dense vegetation. Occurs syntopically with G. luteus.
Calls: A rapid series of 8-11 short unharmonious notes consisting of two pulse groups each.
Trends and Threats
This species is listed as vulnerable because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 20,000 km2, its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its forest habitat in northeastern Madegascar. It lives only in pristine rainforest, but its forest habitat is receding due to subsistence agriculture (including livestock grazing), timber extraction, charcoal manufacture, the spread of invasive eucalyptus, and expanding human settlements (Andreone and Vences 2008).
Relation to Humans
Unknown at present state. As for many other forest species of small and medium size, G. salegy is not known or recognized by local Malagasy communities.
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).
Andreone, F. and Vences, M. (2008). Gephyromantis salegy. In: IUCN 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded on 20 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: Franco Andreone, Gennaro Aprea, Miguel Vences, Gaetano Odier (first posted 2003-11-23)
Edited by: Catherine Aguilar (2010-07-19)
Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2010 Gephyromantis salegy: Salegy forest frog <https://amphibiaweb.org/species/6208> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Dec 9, 2023.
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