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52. Boophis liami

Boophis liami

About

Boophis liami is a frog endemic to Madagascar, currently known only from Forêt de Vohidrazana and near Andasibe.

It is a small frog reaching just 2cm! This species is part of the Mantellidae frog family, which diverged from all other amphibian lineages about 50 million years ago, which makes them as dissimilar from their closest relatives as porcupines are from chinchillas. The area in which this species occurs is only around 35km² and the frog is common at its only known sites; however there are ongoing declines in the extent and quality of its habitat and the population is suspected to be decreasing. The forest habitat is rapidly receding due to the expansion of subsistence agriculture, timber extraction, charcoal manufacture, the spread of eucalyptus, livestock grazing and expanding human settlements. The species is found in the Andasibe-Mantadia National Park but this area is not protected. Habitat protection therefore is urgently required for these forest areas, including mosaic fragmented forests.

  • Order: Anura
  • Family: Mantellidae
  • Population: Common
  • Trend: decreasing
  • Size: 19-21mm

EDGE Score

EDGE Score: 6.02 (?)
ED Score: 24.63 (?)
GE / IUCN Red List (?)
Not Evaluated Data Deficient Least Concern Near Threatened Vulnerable Endangered Critically Endangered Extinct in the Wild Extinct

Distribution

This species is only known from Vohidrazana and near Andasibe between 850-900metres above sea level in eastern Madagascar.

Habitat and Ecology

This species inhabits both disturbed rainforest and secondary herbaceous vegetation. It lives along streams, in which it breeds, presumably by larval development, where tadpoles emerge from the eggs.

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This wordcloud illustrates the threats facing this species. The size of each word indicates the extent of a species range that is affected by that threat (larger size means a greater area is affected). The colour of the word indicates how much that threat impacts the species (darker shades of red mean the threat is more severe).

Urban development Crops Livestock Logging Disease

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Source: The IUCN List of Threatened Species. Version 2017.1.
Available at: http://www.iucnredlist.org