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First amphibian inventory of one of Madagascar’s smallest protected areas, Ankafobe, extends the range of the Critically Endangered Anilany helenae (Vallan, 2000) and the Endangered Boophis andrangoloaka (Ahl, 1928)

Mullin, Katherine E, Rakotomanga, Manoa G, Razafiarimanana, Minosoa LC, Barata, Izabela M, Dawson, Jeff, Hailer, Frank and Orozco ter Wengel, Pablo 2021. First amphibian inventory of one of Madagascar’s smallest protected areas, Ankafobe, extends the range of the Critically Endangered Anilany helenae (Vallan, 2000) and the Endangered Boophis andrangoloaka (Ahl, 1928). Herpetological Notes 14 , pp. 521-531.

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Abstract

Using DNA barcoding, we present the first inventory of amphibians present in one of Madagascar’s smallest protected areas, Ankafobe. This small area represents some of the last remaining central high plateau forests in Madagascar. However, with just 27.89 ha of forest split into two fragments, Ankafobe is highly threatened by yearly grassland fires. We recorded a total of 382 individuals and identified 14 species of frogs. This list includes the Critically Endangered Anilany helenae which was previously thought to be micro-endemic and restricted to Ambohitantely Special Reserve, therefore increasing this tiny species’ range to a second protected area. Our results also imply an extension of the known range of the Endangered Boophis andrangoloaka. While our inventory likely underestimates the diversity of frog species present in Ankafobe, it provides a baseline for future conservation efforts at this site.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Biosciences
ISSN: 2071-5773
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 22 March 2021
Date of Acceptance: 22 March 2021
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2022 08:03
URI: https://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/139993

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