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Natura -Soc. it. Sci. nat. Museo civ. Stor. nat. Milano, 95 (2): 81-96 (2006) Franco Andreone*

Summary: Natura - Soc. it. Sci. nat. Museo civ. Stor. nat. Milano, 95 (2): 81-96 (2006)
Franco Andreone*
, Vincenzo Mercurio**
& Fabio Mattioli***
Between environmental degradation and international
pet trade: conservation strategies for the threatened
amphibians of Madagascar****
Abstract - We present and discuss data on the conservation status and threats regarding some
"critically endangered" and "endangered" frogs of Madagascar (Mantella cowani, M. bernhardi,
M. viridis, M. expectata, Scaphiophryne gottlebei), and one species currently classified as "near
threatened" and included in CITES I (Dyscophus antongilii). All these frogs suffer from a combination
of habitat degradation and to some extent collection for the international pet trade. Updated data
indicate however that some of these species are locally abundant and could possibly be harvested
(sometimes at varying quotas) for the terrarium market. We also discuss the significant differences
between collecting for commercial and scientific purposes, together with modalities for establishing
commercial export quotas. Furthermore, we comment and present possible conservation strategies,
showing the main results based on an understanding of the sensitivities and needs of amphibian
conservation in Madagascar.
Key words: Amphibia, Anura, conservation, habitat loss, pet trade, CITES, Madagascar.
Riassunto Fra degrado ambientale e commercio internazionale: strategie per la


Source: Andreone, Franco - Zoology Department, Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali di Torino


Collections: Biology and Medicine; Environmental Sciences and Ecology