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Conservation Needs Assessment

Stumpffia hara ,   /
Assessed for:  Madagascar   on: 28 Oct 2015   by: Jörn Köhler  
Assessment Status: Completed  
Order:   Anura     Family:   Microhylidae

IUCN Global Red List:   (not assessed)   
IUCN National Red List:   (not assessed)   
Distribution:     Madagascar  
Evolutionary Distinctiveness score:   20 
Recommended Conservation Actions:   Rescue  , In Situ Research  , Ex Situ Research  , Conservation Education  , Biobanking   
Additional Comments:    

Question #Short NameQuestion TextResponseComments
1 Extinction risk Current IUCN Red List category. [Data obtained from the IUCN Red List.] Endangered (EN) Probably restricted to the island of Nosy Hara. Very tiny range. Habitat (small fressh water creek) altered recently by installation of concrete stairs for touristic purposes (Frank Glaw pers. comm.). Species is prone to the effects of human activities and/or stochastic events, and is thus capable of becoming Critically Endangered or even Extinct in a very short time period. We propose the status "Endangered" for the species.
2 Possibly extinct Is there a strong possibility that this species might be extinct in the wild? No Probably not, but at high risk.
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 - 50
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 Nosy Hara is now a protected area, but the island is now more frequented by tourists and fishermen at regular basis. Thus effective protection is in question, especially if more permanent facilities will be installed.
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 Probably yes, but the habitat is threatened.
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 cannot/will not be reversed in time If habitat alteration continues in this microendemic species, changes for extinction are high. Main habitat already partly destroyed by stair construction for tourists.
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? Unknown
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? Unknown No population data available.
10 Biological distinctiveness Does the taxon exhibit, for example, a distinctive reproductive mode, behaviour, aspect of morphology or physiology, within the Class Amphibia? Aspect of biology shared with < 6 other species Cave-dwelling large-bodied species of Stumpffia. Reverse evolution of body size from small ancestors. Probably interesting reproductive biology.
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 Yes and no. Depends on the habitat alteration on Nosy Hara. If it continues it might make sense to 'rescue' specimens for ex situ breeding.
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 Possibly yes as representing a member of a group of threatened large-bodied species of Stumpffia.
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
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)? No
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? Unknown No population data available. 4 specimens known.
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 Integrative taxonomic approach. Relationships studied. KÖHLER, J., M. VENCES, N. D'CRUZE & F. GLAW (2010): Giant dwarfs: discovery of a radiation of large-bodied 'stump-toed frogs' from karstic cave environments of northern Madagascar. Journal of Zoology 282 (1): 21–38.

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