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Global warming and extinction risks for amphibians in Madagascar, an Franco Andreone, Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali and Amphibian Specialist Group /
 

Summary: Global warming and extinction risks for amphibians in Madagascar, an
overview
Franco Andreone, Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali and Amphibian Specialist Group /
Madagascar, Via G. Giolitti, 36, I-10123 Torino, Italy; email franco.andreone@regione.piemonte.it
and franco.andreone@gmail.com
The amphibians of Madagascar represent one of the most extraordinary biodiversity off-
shots, with around 240 known species, and many other, already identified, taxa, that still wait to be
formally described and are considered as "candidate species". Seen this species-wealth and the
parallel ongoing habitat alteration, it is obvious that a special attention should be paid on amphibian
conservation, especially taken into account that Madagascar is a good "candidate country" for being
considered a "natural laboratory", where experimenting techniques and politics to prevent the
introduction and diffusion of infective emerging diseases of amphibians, at present not yet signalled
(and most likely absent) on its territory (Andreone et al., 2008).
In the last years a particular effort was paid to design a tailored conservation action plan for
the amphibians of Madagascar. This project, named "Sahonagasy Action Plan" is a result of the so-
called "A Conservation Strategy for the Amphibians of Madagascar", launched under the auspices
of the Amphibian Specialist Group (ASG) of IUCN (Andreone & Randriamahazo, 2008). Among
the threats affecting Madagascar amphibians an important place is held by the climatic change.
Amphibians are particularly sensitive to habitat alterations, and evidences were reported all through
the for cases of species extinction and reductions driven by the increased mean temperature

  

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

 

Collections: Biology and Medicine; Environmental Sciences and Ecology