As with M. femoralis, the definition of the species M. mocquardi is problematic. Because the type of M. mocquardi is a large female of 63 mm, it seems clear that this is a relatively large species, but several other large species exist as well. Females often appear to have a rather uniform silver white belly. M 38-55 mm, F 53-67 mm (Glaw and Vences 2007).
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Madagascar
This species is an unresolved complex. It is widely distributed at numerous localities in northern, eastern and central Madagascar, from Tsaratanana south Andohahela from sea level up to 2500 m asl (Raxworthy and Vences 2008).
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Habits: It is usually closely associated with streams in primary and degraded rainforest. It needs some tree cover at lower altitudes. It is also found in montane heathland, but not in agricultural areas. It lives on the ground, on rocks, and in low vegetation. It breeds in streams (Raxworthy and Vences 2008).
Trends and Threats
This species is listed as least concern because of its wide distribution, tolerance of a degree of habitat modification, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category. It occurs in many protected areas and is probably not threatened, except perhaps by extreme deforestation. However, some of the constituent species in the unresolved complex are possibly threatened (Raxworthy and Vences 2008).
Possible reasons for amphibian decline
Habitat modification from deforestation, or logging related activities
Taken with permission from Glaw and Vences (2007) and Raxworthy and Vences (2008).
Glaw, F., and Vences, M. (2007). Field Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar. Third Edition. Vences and Glaw Verlag, Köln.
Raxworthy, C. and Vences, M. (2008). Mantidactylus mocquardi. In: IUCN 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded on 08 April 2009.
Originally submitted by: Miguel Vences and Frank Glaw (first posted 2000-12-13)
Edited by: Catherine Aguilar (2009-05-01)
Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2009 Mantidactylus mocquardi <https://amphibiaweb.org/species/4616> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Sep 28, 2023.
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