Frog of the Week

Central Bright-eyed Frog (Boophis rappiodes)

Central Bright-eyed Frog
picture by AxelStrauss

Common Name: Central Bright-eyed Frog
Scientific Name: Boophis rappiodes
Family: Mantellidae
Location: Madagascar
Size: 0.7 inches – 0.9 inches (20-25 mm) for males, 1.1 inches – 1.3 inches (30-34 mm) for females

The Central Bright Eyed Frog lives in or around the edges of the eastern and southern rainforests of Madagascar. They can be found near streams in which they are believed to breed in. The frogs breed between November to January. The males call from vegetation overhanging streams. Once the female arrives, the male leads her down to the water. Next, he grasps her from behind in the amplexus position. Then, she lays her eggs and the male fertilizes them. The female lays around 300 eggs at a time. Neither parent provides any care for their offspring.

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List categorizes the Central Bright-Eyed Frog has Least Concern for Extinction due to having a presumed large population and wide ranger. While listed as Least Concern, the frog populations are believed to be decreasing due to cutting down of the rainforests in which they live.

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