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Amphibian conservation in Central Menabe

Glos, Julian; Volahy, Anselme Toto; Bourou, Robert; Straka, Josef LU ; Young, Richard and Durbin, Joanna (2008) In A conservation strategy for the amphibians of Madagascar 45. p.107-124
Abstract
The amphibian fauna of the Central Menabe region in Western Madagascar is important in respect to their extraordinary adaptations to the dry forest habitat. This habitat is highly threatened. Until 1990, the dry forest in the west of the island was thought to have been reduced to only 3% of its original extent. New analyses show that this deforestation was ongoing at an alarming rate also in the last decade. Based on an extensive inventory in 2004 we show that the distribution of Menabe amphibians depends on the quality of the habitat. Species diversity was highest in the two largest forest blocks, namely Kirindy and Ambadira, and was lowest in highly disturbed parts. We recommend that in particular two species are included into a... (More)
The amphibian fauna of the Central Menabe region in Western Madagascar is important in respect to their extraordinary adaptations to the dry forest habitat. This habitat is highly threatened. Until 1990, the dry forest in the west of the island was thought to have been reduced to only 3% of its original extent. New analyses show that this deforestation was ongoing at an alarming rate also in the last decade. Based on an extensive inventory in 2004 we show that the distribution of Menabe amphibians depends on the quality of the habitat. Species diversity was highest in the two largest forest blocks, namely Kirindy and Ambadira, and was lowest in highly disturbed parts. We recommend that in particular two species are included into a long-term monitoring program that was started by DWCT in 2007, Aglyptodactylus laticeps and Scaphiophryne menabensis. Both species are distributed in Western Madagascar with A. laticeps being endemic to Central Menabe. Also, they appear sensitive to habitat degradation and are highly suitable as indicators of habitat integrity. Finally, we emphasize the need that future research must include detailed research on ecology and life history. This was so far not the priority in research on Madagascan amphibians (Less)
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  abstract     = {The amphibian fauna of the Central Menabe region in Western Madagascar is important in respect to their extraordinary adaptations to the dry forest habitat. This habitat is highly threatened. Until 1990, the dry forest in the west of the island was thought to have been reduced to only 3% of its original extent. New analyses show that this deforestation was ongoing at an alarming rate also in the last decade. Based on an extensive inventory in 2004 we show that the distribution of Menabe amphibians depends on the quality of the habitat. Species diversity was highest in the two largest forest blocks, namely Kirindy and Ambadira, and was lowest in highly disturbed parts. We recommend that in particular two species are included into a long-term monitoring program that was started by DWCT in 2007, Aglyptodactylus laticeps and Scaphiophryne menabensis. Both species are distributed in Western Madagascar with A. laticeps being endemic to Central Menabe. Also, they appear sensitive to habitat degradation and are highly suitable as indicators of habitat integrity. Finally, we emphasize the need that future research must include detailed research on ecology and life history. This was so far not the priority in research on Madagascan amphibians},
  author       = {Glos, Julian and Volahy, Anselme Toto and Bourou, Robert and Straka, Josef and Young, Richard and Durbin, Joanna},
  editor       = {Andreone, F},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {107--124},
  publisher    = {Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali, Torino.},
  series       = {A conservation strategy for the amphibians of Madagascar},
  title        = {Amphibian conservation in Central Menabe},
  volume       = {45},
  year         = {2008},
}