Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Habits: A common species in Madagascars highlands and the only mantelline species that can even be found in Antananarivo, where it populates for example the Tsimbazaza garden. A secretive small species that can be seen jumping along small streams and that often calls during the day from very hidden positions in the deep grass along such streams; sometimes calls are also emitted at night from more exposed positions (Glaw and Vences 2007).
Calls: A series of 5-14 pulsed notes (Glaw and Vences 2007).
Glaw, F., and Vences, M. (2007). Field Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar. Third Edition. Vences and Glaw Verlag, Köln.
Vences, M. and Vallan, D. (2008). Mantidactylus alutus. In: IUCN 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded on 31 March 2009.