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devinedmonds

Date

February 26, 2012

Description

Aglyptodactylus securifer found at night on main road leading to bat caves at entrance to Ankarana

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danielaustin

Date

December 21, 2005

Place

Ankarana (Google, OSM)

Description

For further information, to see additional images or to enquire about using my photos, feel free to contact me via www.madagascar-photography.com

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danielaustin

Date

December 21, 2005

Place

Ankarana (Google, OSM)

Description

For further information, to see additional images or to enquire about using my photos, feel free to contact me via www.madagascar-photography.com

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danielaustin

Date

December 15, 2004

Description

I witnessed this explosive breeding spectacle in two consecutive years (both times mid-December - see http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/36714) at Montagne d'Ambre. There were thousands of bright yellow frogs mating noisily in a very shallow pool (video clip with audio available on request).

What puzzles me is that in all the literature concerning all species of Aglyptodactylus, it says that breeding MALES turn yellow (to a greater or lesser degree depending on species) yet in the population I observed clearly BOTH sexes turn yellow.

A. madagascariensis and A securifer are both known from Montagne d'Ambre. My justification for identifying these specimens as the latter is that Glaw & Vences (2007) say the breeding males are 'bright yellow', whereas in the former species they are only described as 'partly yellowish'. However, they were observed in rainforest habitat, which is not typically the domain of A. securifer. I am wondering if these could represent an undescribed species of Aglyptodactylus.

For further information, to see additional images or to enquire about using my photos, feel free to contact me via www.madagascar-photography.com

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francoandreone

Date

August 22, 2011

Place

Makay (Google, OSM)

Description

Mating couple. Interestingly the period of the year when I photographed this species was not the idoneous (as I believed) for reproductive activity

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francoandreone

Date

August 21, 2011

Place

Makay (Google, OSM)

Description

A calling male. This is attributed to A. securifer, although further analyses are necessary.

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Description from Wikipedia

Aglyptodactylus securifer is a species of frog in the Mantellidae family. It is endemic to Madagascar. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests, subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, intermittent rivers, swamps, freshwater marshes, and intermittent freshwater marshes. It is threatened by habitat loss.

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Conservation Summary

    Source: IUCN 2011. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.2. . Downloaded on 10 November 2011.