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Routines/Niches: Malagasy’s can

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only be found at certain times of
Malagasy Rainbow the year such as November
SCIENTIFIC through April. They can be seen
NAME:
SCAPHIOPHRYNE moving around on the ground,
GGOTTLEBEI while other times they are
burrowing in the ground, and
hiding beneath rocks and deep
crevices.
Frog

Position in Food Chain:

Malagasy’s are secondary
consumers. They eat small

insects.

References: Close relatives: Malagasy’s are a member of
<ref>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Scaphiophryninae, which is a subfamily that
Scaphiophryne_gottlebei<ref>| includes 8 species. Some of these species
<ref>http://www.edgeofexistence.org/conservation/
include: the Moquard’s Burrowing Frog,
malagasy_rainbow_frog.php<ref>|
Scaphiophryne marmorata, Scaphiophryne
<ref>http://ww.uwgb.edu/biodiversity/biota/herps/
obscura, Schaphiophryne verrocosa.
amphibians/species_info.php?id=582habitat<ref>|

Adaptations: to help with or predators. It Reproduction: Malagasy’s breed in temporary
Malagasy’s burrowing and is able to live Reasons for endangerment:
pools and tadpoles are thought to develop
are adapted claws on the underground Habitat loss and degradation
for both forefeet for for up to 10 quickly to avoid being washed away by sudden
caused by mining and logging
underground clinging to months living heavy rains.
and prolonged drought has
and climbing vertical on insects
lifestyle. They Canyon walls. caused endangerment. It is also Locations on Earth: They live in rocky dry
have tubercles The frog can brightly colored so its is a target forests of Madagascasr’s Isalo Massif,
on the climb vertical
for pet trade. also in Vallee des Singes.
underside of rock faces to
their hind feet, escape floods
Classification:
Interesting Information: When this frog is threatened it Habitat: Malagasy’s inhabit open,
will inflate itself as a defence mechanism against rocky areas of dry forest, as well Kingdom: Animilia
predators. Their tadpoles are very conspicious,big,
and blackish in color. The size of a full grown female is
as hiding amongst stone crevices in Phylum: Chordata
canyons. They are only found in
between 30-40mm and the size of a male is between
Class: Amphibia
20-30mm. They also have a high reproductive rate the vicinity of water.
which will help with their endangerment.

Laws protecting this species: EDGE Characteristics of Phyla would be: At some
is a program that aims to set up an point in their life time they have a: notochord, dorsal neural tube, pharyngeal slits,
educational program to encourage muscular tail, and an endostyle.
sustainable harvest of this frog for Characteristics of the Class would be: their skin is glandular, it lacks scales feathers
the pet trade. and hair. The skin allows water and gas exchange. And also they exhibit 2-phase life
style.

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