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Least Concern (LC)

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A medium-sized brownish treefrog; males 43-49 mm, females 48-49 mm. Dorsum normally uniformly light brown, sometimes with darker spots and a dark brown transverse band between the eyes. Temporal and loral region blackish. A white band on the upper lip. Flanks marbled brown and white. Hind legs with dark transversal bands and a narrow dark longitudinal line. Venter whitish with some dark spots, throat shining white in males. Skin more or less smooth. Nostrils nearer to tip of snout than to the eye. Tympanum distinct, about 2/5 of eye size. Tibiotarsal articulation reaches the eye. Lateral metatarsalia separated. Inner and outer metatarsal tubercles present. Hands nearly without webbing; webbing of the foot 1(0.5), 2i(1), 2e(0), 3i(1.5), 3e(1), 4i(2), 4e(1.5), 5(0). Fingers with well developed terminal disks. Femoral glands not visible. Males with a largely distensible, single subgular vocal sac, coloured bright white. [88,97]

Similar species: M. depressiceps has slightly longer hindlimbs (tibiotarsal articultion reaches between eye and nostrils) and the webbing does not reach the disk of toe 5. It is also smaller, and differs by call. Boophis tephraeomystax and B. opisthodon have no narrow longitudinal line on the legs, and only an inner metatarsal tubercle.

Taken with permission from Glaw and Vences (2007).

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