Remove a species from an ecosystem and other species tend to suffer. Take the giant Madagascar tortoise, for example. The two species of giant tortoises on Madagascar went extinct centuries ago, but their loss is still being felt today.
Neither stream-dwelling nor crab-eating are common behavior in lizards. Madagascar is home to a morphologically and behaviorally diverse group of skinks, and a few of those are confirmed stream-dwellers. Here I discuss a case in which biologist Asia Murphy has succeeded in photographing—perhaps for the first time—one of these stream-dwelling skinks eating crabs...
Researchers plead for action against an invasive amphibian that is already poisoning native species in Madagascar
The island of Madagascar is home to a pretty amazing and diverse collection of geckos, with nearly 70 species from 10 different genera. Now you can add one more species to the list: Paroedura hordiesi, a highly camouflaged nocturnal gecko that was recently discovered in northern Madagascar.
Madagascar’s 101 lemur species are “the most threatened mammal group on Earth,” according to a new policy paper published last week in Science.
These medium-sized lemurs, known for their delightful leaping ability, were only recognized as their own species in 2001, which undoubtedly slowed conservation efforts.
One of the most recently discovered lemur species of Madagascar could also be one of the first to disappear. The striking blue-eyed black lemur (Eulemur flavifrons), which was only identified as a species in 2008, faces extinction in as little as 11 years due to rapid deforestation in its only habitat, according to research published [...]
As if rampant deforestation and poaching weren't bad enough, climate change will have a devastating effect on the majority of Madagascar's lemur species, most of them already imperiled, according to a paper published this week in Ecology and Evolution.
Seven months ago things looked pretty bleak for the Mangarahara cichlid (Ptychochromis insolitus). The only habitat for this rare Madagascar fish species had been destroyed and the cichlid was down to its last three known individuals, all of which were males.
A primate that lives only in wetlands? That alone makes the Alaotran gentle lemur unique. But this tiny lemur lives in incredibly limited constrained habitat, which continues to shrink around it.