Madagascar. The isle of biodiversity

In 2014, myself along with four other people went to Madagascar to study the diverse wildlife. The island of the east coast of Africa is amazing and very bio-diverse. Like all tropical areas it is under great pressure from human activity;forests are being cut and burned. The remaining rain forest lies along the eastern edge of the island bordered by highlands which play a role in weather. The east coast rainforests are rich because of rain at certain times of year, contrasting with the dry desert like areas of the west and south. We studies insects, spiders, frogs and reptiles and photographed many species, many of which are new to science. I have hundreds of photos to publish here, so over the next few weeks I hope to have them all on. Many species have not been identified so if any people knowledgeable on Malagasy wildlife can help out, that would be great.

Flower chafer

Flower chaffer


Nephilengys borbonica

Nephilengys borbonica


Nephila madagascariensis

Nephila madagascariensis


Mantella baroni

Mantella baroni


Mantella aurantiaca

Mantella aurantaica


Malagassy nightjar

Malagasy Nightjar


Jack in the box cricket

Jack in the box bush cricket


Lightening over Andasibe

lightening over Andasibe


ithycyhpus perineti

Ithycyhpus perineti


padilla sp.Maybe new species

Jumping spider    Padilla  sp


Oleander type

Oleander type hawkmoth


Phelmula sp.

Day gecko   Phelsuma sp


Sanzinia madagascariensis 2

Sanzinia madagascariensis


Red fody

Red fody


Thomisus sp

Thomisid crab spider

Thomisd crab spider

Thomisid crab spider


phelsuma breakfast

Phelsuma lineata

Phelsuma juv

Phelsuma sp.juvenile



Unidentified cockroach

Many species of cockroaches abound, most of them native but many none natives also. some are very colourful.

yellow and black giraffe necked weevils fighting

Yellow and black giraffe weevils. Two males sparing, a female roles the leaf ready for egg laying.There have been found at least seven species of leaf roller weevils, most of them having long necks like the typical red giraffe weevil. I found six species.

Verdent hawk

Verdant hawk moth


Uralia madagascariensis

Uralia madagascariensis



Zonosauras madagascariensis.

Plated lizard.                Zonosaurus madagascariensis

Unknown species

Unidentified snake species.



Chameleon.  Calumma malthe
Calumma malthe

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