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IUCN Red List assessment


Conservation Needs Assessment

Boophis luteus ,   Ankafana Bright-eyed Frog
Assessed for:  Madagascar   on: 03 Nov 2015   by: Jana Carina Riemann  
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:   12.5116034415152 
Recommended Conservation Actions:   In Situ Conservation  , In Situ Research  , 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)
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? Unknown Likely, as it is known from several sites along the eastern rainforest belt of Madagascar (Glaw & Vences 2007. A field guide to the amphibians and reptiles of Madagascar. Third edition. Vences & Glaw Verlag, Cologne, 496 pp.), including Andasibe / Mantadia National Park (Vieites et al. 2009. PNAS 106, 8267–8272.) and several sites around and inside Ranomafana National Park.
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 E.g. Ranomafana National Park and Mantadia National Park
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 Although this species is widespread and locally abundant, habitat loss and destruction might be potential threats. For example, in the Ranomafana region deforestation around Ranomafana National Park still proceeds and some streams in the area show traces of gold digging, even some in remote areas inside RNP.
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 Population probably stable in the wild. Relatively widespread and locally abundant.
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
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? No
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 Potential analog for similar species, e.g., B. elenae, B. sandrae, B. andreonei, etc.
15 Captive breeding Has this species been successfully maintained and bred in captivity? Maintained but no successful breeding
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 Nocturnal, usually high perch heights.
17 Mandate Is there an existing conservation mandate recommending the ex situ conservation of this taxon?
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 The Sahonagasy Action Plan is ratified by the Malagasy government and states support for ex situ initiatives for all amphibian species in Madagascar.
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
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 Two deep conspecific lineages exist, see "Vences et al. 2011. Herpetology Notes 4, 239-246."

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