Economics of captive breeding applied to the conservation of selected amphibian and reptile species from Madagascar

  • Published source details Mattioli F., Gili C. & Andreone F. (2006) Economics of captive breeding applied to the conservation of selected amphibian and reptile species from Madagascar. Natura Societa Italiana di Scienze Naturale e Museo Civico di Storia Naturale Milan, 95, 67-80.


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Captive breeding frogs

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Amphibian Conservation
  1. Captive breeding frogs

    A replicated study in 1997–2000 in Italy (Mattioli, Gili & Andreone 2006) found that successful captive breeding was achieved for the golden mantella Mantella aurantiaca, false tomato frog Dyscophus guineti and green burrowing frog Scaphiophryne marmorata. A stable breeding population of 60 golden mantellas was achieved (2 clutches/female/year; 60% eggs hatch; 80% survival to adult). Six founder false tomato frogs resulted in a breeding population of 100 frogs (1; 30%; 50%). Green burrowing frogs also bred successfully (1; 80%; 90%). The estimated cost of one captive-bred individual was: 7.50 € for golden mantillas, 3.12 € for tomato frogs and 0.54 € for green burrowing frogs. Animals were imported from Madagascar in 1997–1998 or were obtained from private breeders or other facilities. Reproduction was monitored in captivity over two years. Some data were obtained from private breeders. Costs were calculated for Italy.


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