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IUCN Red List assessment


Conservation Needs Assessment

Mantidactylus alutus ,   Mountain Madagascar Frog
Assessed for:  Madagascar   on: 03 Aug 2015   by: Angelica Crottini  
Assessment Status: Completed  
Order:   Anura     Family:   Mantellidae

IUCN Global Red List:   Least Concern (LC)   
IUCN National Red List:   (not assessed)   
Distribution:     Madagascar  
Evolutionary Distinctiveness score:   12.5377696702153 
Recommended Conservation Actions:   In Situ Conservation  , Ex Situ Research   
Additional Comments:    

Question #Short NameQuestion TextResponseComments
1 Extinction risk Current IUCN Red List category. [Data obtained from the IUCN Red List.] Least Concern (LC) This species has a wide distribution, tolerates a broad range of habitats and is known to have large population across all its distribution. This is the only mantellid known to occur inside Antananarivo.
2 Possibly extinct Is there a strong possibility that this species might be extinct in the wild? No
3 Phylogenetic significance The taxon’s Evolutionary Distinctiveness (ED) score, as generated by the ZSL EDGE program. (These data are added by AArk staff, and are not editable by Assessors). ED value < 20
4 Protected habitat Is a population of at least 50% of the individuals of the taxon included within a reliably protected area or areas? Yes It occurs in the Parc National de Ranomafana and the Réserve Spéciale d’Ambohitantely.
5 Habitat for reintroduction Does enough suitable habitat exist, either within or outside of currently protected areas that is suitable for reintroduction or translocation? Yes It is a speciEs that copes very well with habitat alteration, it lives near seeps and tiny amounts of slow-flowing water in open areas, rice paddies and other agricultural areas, forest edge, and inside montane forest, but it has been found in gardens in Antananarivo, where is also present in the gardens of Tzimbazaza.
6 Previous reintroductions Have reintroduction or translocation attempts been made in the past for this species? No
7 Threat mitigation Are the threats facing the taxon, including any new and emerging threats not considered in the IUCN Red List, potentially reversible? Threats are reversible in time frame This species might not be affected by deforestation, is highly adaptable and is unlikely to be threatened.
8 Over-collection from the wild Is the taxon suffering from unsustainable collection within its natural range, either for food, for the pet trade or for any other reason, which threatens the species’ continued persistence in the wild? No
9 Population recovery Is the known population of this species in the wild large enough to recover naturally, without ex situ intervention if threats are mitigated? Yes This is a very common, abundant, widely distributed, and a generalist species which inhabit a large part of the high plateau, from Ambohitantely to Ranomafana
10 Biological distinctiveness Does the taxon exhibit, for example, a distinctive reproductive mode, behaviour, aspect of morphology or physiology, within the Class Amphibia? No aspect of biology known to be exceptional The egg deposition site is unknown, but tadpoles have been found in seeps.
11 Cultural/socio-economic importance Does the taxon have a special human cultural value (e.g. as a national or regional symbol, in a historic context, featuring in traditional stories) or economic value (e.g. food, traditional medicine, tourism) within its natural range or in a wider global context? No
12 Scientific importance Is the species vital to current or planned research other than species-specific ecology/biology/conservation? (e.g. human medicine, climate change, environmental pollutants and conservation science), within the Class Amphibia? No research dependent on this species
13 Ex situ research Does conserving this species (or closely related species) in situ depend upon research that can be most easily carried out ex situ? Yes This species can be used to study the basic biology of the Brygoomantis species.
14 Husbandry analog Do the biological and ecological attributes of this species make it suitable for developing husbandry regimes for more threatened related species? i.e. could this species be used in captivity to help to develop husbandry and breeding protocols which could be used for a similar, but more endangered species at a later stage? Yes There are some threatened Brygoomantis species. Mantidactylus alutus can definitively be used to learn more about the habit and husbandry needs of this group of frogs and in the future this know-how can be used to develop ex-situ strategies for the threatened species of this group.
15 Captive breeding Has this species been successfully maintained and bred in captivity? Not held in captivity to date
16 Educational potential Is the species especially diurnal/active/colourful and therefore suited to be an educational ambassador for conservation of this group of species? No Unless the occurrence of this species within Antananarivo is use for a citizen science project aiming for example at quantifying the population inhabiting the capital.
17 Mandate Is there an existing conservation mandate recommending the ex situ conservation of this taxon? No
18 Range State approval Would a proposed ex situ initiative for this species be supported (and approved) by the range State (either within the range State or out-of-country ex situ)? Yes
19 Founder specimens Are sufficient animals of the taxon available or potentially available (from wild or captive sources) to initiate the specified ex situ program? Yes This species is common, abundant and widely distributed in the high plateau.
20 Taxonomic status Has a complete taxonomic analysis of the species in the wild been carried out, to fully understand the functional unit you wish to conserve (i.e. have species limits been determined)? Yes It is sister species is an undescribed Brygoomantis species inhabiting the sandstone massif of Isalo.

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