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Microhabitat preference of the critically endangered golden mantella frog in Madagascar

Edwards, Wayne M., Griffiths, Richard A., Bungard, Michael J., Rakotondrasoa, Eddie F., Razafimanahaka, Julie H., Razafindraibe, Pierre, Andriantsimanarilafy, Raphali R., Randrianantoandro, J. Christian (2019) Microhabitat preference of the critically endangered golden mantella frog in Madagascar. Herpetological Journal, 29 (4). pp. 207-213. ISSN 0268-0130. (doi:10.33256/hj29.4.207213) (KAR id:77158)


The golden mantella (Mantella aurantiaca) is a critically endangered (CR) frog, endemic to the eastern rainforests of Madagascar. Although the species is very popular in the pet trade and widely bred in captivity, its specific habitat requirements in the wild are poorly understood. Ten forested sites in the Moramanga district of Madagascar were surveyed for microhabitat and environmental variables, and the presence or absence of golden mantellas in quadrats positioned along transects in the vicinity of breeding sites. Mixed models were used to determine which variables best explained microhabitat use by golden mantellas. Sites where golden mantellas were found tended to have surface temperatures of 2023 ˚C, UVI units at about 2.9, about 30 % canopy cover, and around 30 % herbaceous cover. Within sites, golden mantellas preferred microhabitats that had 70 % leaf litter coverage and relatively low numbers of tree roots. This information can be used to improve the identification and management of habitats in the wild, as well as to refine captive husbandry needs

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.33256/hj29.4.207213
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH75 Conservation (Biology)
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > DICE (Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology)
Depositing User: Richard Griffiths
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2019 12:49 UTC
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2022 23:37 UTC
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