TGIFF! Thank Goodness it’s FROG FRIDAY!!! Today we take a look at the White-lipped Bright-eyed Frog (Boophis albilabris). This species is widely distributed in north-eastern, eastern and south-eastern Madagascar. It ranges from around 100 m up to 1000 m above sea level. Records from western Madagascar refer to Boophis occidentalis.

It is an arboreal (tree dwelling) species of moist rainforests, including slightly disturbed habitats, but it is not found in open areas. It can be found in isolated gallery forests. It is usually near streams, at least during the breeding season. It breeds explosively in streams and in small trickles of water.

The White-lipped Bright-eyed Frog’s forest habitat is receding due to subsistence agriculture, timber extraction, charcoal manufacture, invasive spread of eucalyptus, livestock grazing, and expanding human settlements.

Reference: Nussbaum, R., Cadle, J. & Glaw, F. 2008. Boophis albilabris. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3.

Frog Fridays celebrate the amazing diversity of frogs and toads in the southern African region. Click here to learn more about the Animal Demography Unit.

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