Contacts Centre for Environmental Biology


PhD student

CBA research group(s):

Animal Diversity & Conservation

Personal webpage

Team webpage

Gonçalo Miranda Rosa

Main Research Interests

My main research interests are 1) Amphibian and Reptile Conservation: global amphibian declines and extinctions, recovery programme design and execution; 2) Population, community and behavioural ecology; 3) Integrative taxonomy.


Academic Qualifications

- 2006/08 - MSc in Conservation Biology, University of Lisbon

- 2002/06 - BSc in Applied Environmental Biology, University of Lisbon


Recent Publications

Penny S.G., Andreone F., Crottini A., Holderied M.W., Rakotozafy L.S., Schwitzer C. & Rosa G.M. 2014. A new species of the Boophis rappiodes group (Anura, Mantellidae) from the Sahamalaza Peninsula, northwest Madagascar, with acoustic monitoring of its nocturnal calling activity. ZooKeys 435:111-132.

Rosa G.M., Sabino-Pinto J., Noël J. & Andreaone F. 2014. Predation on the treefrog Boophis rufioculis (Anura, Mantellidae) by the freshwater crab Hydrothelphusa sp. (Decapoda, Potamonautidae) in Madagascar. Crustaceana 87(7):890-894.

Andreone F., Bergò P.E., Mercurio V. & Rosa G.M. 2013. Spatial Ecology of Scaphiophryne gottlebei in the Canyons of the Isalo Massif, Madagascar. Herpetologica 69(1):11-21.

Martins F.M.S., Oom M.M., Rebelo R. & Rosa G.M. 2013. Differential effects of dietary protein on early life‐history and morphological traits in Natterjack Toad (Epidalea calamita) tadpoles reared in captivity. Zoo Biology 32(4):457–462.

Rosa G.M., Anza I., Moreira P.L., Conde J., Martins F., Fisher M.C. & Bosch J. 2013. Evidence of chytrid-mediated population declines in common midwife toad in Serra da Estrela, Portugal. Animal Conservation 16(3):306-315.

Rebelo R., Barbosa C., Granadeiro J.P., Indjai B., Novais B., Rosa G.M. & Catry P. 2012. Can left-overs from predators be reliably used to monitor marine turtle hatchling sex ratios? The implications of prey selection by ghost crabs. Marine Biology 159(3):613-620.

Rocha R., Borda E., Andreone F. & Rosa G.M. 2012. First reports of leech parasitism in Malagasy anurans. Comparative Parasitology 79(2):352-356.

Rosa G.M. & Andreone F. 2012. Fighting for a leaf: agonistic behaviour in malagasy frogs of the genus Guibemantis (Anura: Mantellidae). Ethology Ecology and Evolution 24(2):198-204.

Rosa G.M. & Fernández-Loras A. 2012. Emergency procedures in the field: a report of wound treatment and fast healing in the giant ditch frog (Leptodactylus fallax). Animal Welfare 21:559-562.

Rosa G.M., Andreone F., Crottini A., Hauswaldt J.S., Noël J., Rabibisoa N.H., Randriambahiniarime M.O., Rebelo R. &  Raxworthy C.J. 2012. The amphibians of the relict Betampona low-elevation rainforest, eastern Madagascar: an application of the integrative taxonomy approach to biodiversity assessments. Biodiversity and Conservation 21:1531–1559.

Rosa G.M., Bradfield K., Fernández-Loras A., Garcia G. & Tapley B. 2012. Two remarkable prey items for a chicken. Leptodactylus fallax Müller, 1926 predation upon the theraphosid spider Cyrtopholis femoralis Pocock, 1903 and the colubrid snake Liophis juliae (Cope, 1879). Tropical Zoology 25(3):135-140.

Rosa G.M., Laurentino T. & Madeira M. 2012. Field observation of foraging behavior by a group of adult diving beetles Agabus (Gaurodytes) bipustulatus preying on an adult Lissotriton boscai. Entomological Science 15:343-345.

Köhler J., Glaw F., Rosa G.M., Gehring P.S., Pabijan M., Andreone F. & Vences M. 2011. Two new bright-eyed treefrogs of the genus Boophis from Madagascar. Salamandra 47(4):207-221.

Rosa G.M., Mercurio V., Crottini A. & Andreone F. 2011. Explosion into the canyon: an insight into the breeding aggregation of Scaphiophryne gottlebei Busse & Böhme, 1992. North-Western Journal of Zoology 7(2):329-333.

Rosa G.M., Noël J. & Andreone F. 2011. Confirming a new population of the endangered Paroedura masobe (Squamata: Gekkonidae) in the relict Betampona low elevation rainforest, eastern Madagascar. Herpetology Notes 4:405-407.

Andreone F., Rosa G.M., Noël J., Crottini A., Vences M. & Raxworthy C.J. 2010. Living within fallen palm leaves: the discovery of an unknown Blommersia (Mantellidae: Anura) reveals a new reproductive strategy in the amphibians of Madagascar. Naturwissenschaften 97(6):525-543.

Crottini A., Harris D.J., Irisarri I.A., Lima A., Rasamison S. & Rosa G.M. 2010. Confirming Domergue: Ithycyphus oursi Domergue, 1986 predation upon Furcifer oustaleti (Mocquard, 1894). Herpetology Notes 3:127-131.

Rosa G.M. & Andreone F. 2010. Bioacoustic data of the recently described Boophis calcaratus (Anura: Mantellidae: Boophinae), a cryptic treefrog from Eastern Madagascar. Zootaxa 2426:61-64.

Rosa G.M., Mercurio V., Crottini A. & Andreone F. 2010. Predation of the snake Leioheterodon modestus (Günther, 1863) upon the rainbow frog Scaphiophryne gottlebei Busse & Böhme, 1992 at Isalo, southern Madagascar. Herpetology Notes 3:259-261.

Rosa G.M., Noël J. & Andreone F. 2010. The advertisement call of Mantidactylus aerumnalis (Anura: Mantellidae), a terrestrial frog from the east coast of Madagascar. Salamandra 46(2):98-100.


Ongoing projects

  • 2011 - PhD in Biodiversity Management, DICE, University of Kent. PhD research entitled "Emerging diseases and the future of the amphibians in Iberian Peninsula" (Supervisors: Richard A. Griffiths, Jaime Bosch & Rui Rebelo)

  • 2009/11 - The enigmatic Scaphiophryne gottlebei and other poorly known species of the Isalo Massif (central-southern Madagascar).


Other Information

Editor-in-Chief of ALYTES (International Journal of Batrachology).
Referee of papers submitted to the following Journals: Acta Herpetologica, Herpetology Notes, ZooKeys and Spixiana.