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Tibiotarsal articulation reaches at least the eye. Hand without webbing, foot webbing 1(0-1), 2i(1), 2e(0-1), 3i(1-2), 3e(0-1), 4i(1.5-2), 4e(1-1.5), 5(0). Terminal discs of fingers and toes very slightly enlarged. Specimens from the Betsileo region here considered to represent the real M. curtus often have a rather short snout. Dorsal skin smooth to slightly granular. Colouration dorsally very variable, often light brown with darker patches, with or without vertebral stripes. Males with rather small and often indisctinct femoral glands.
Similar species: All other species of Brygoomantis are more or less similar. See also similar species of M. ulcerosus.
Taken with permission from Glaw and Vences (2007).
This species, originally described from “East Betsileo,” was long considered to occur throughout the central high plateau of Madagascar. Recent molecular data, and observation of apparent sympatry of more than one lineage superficially assignable to this species provides evidence that in reality it is a diverse complex of species to which also the high-altitude specialists M. madecassus and M. pauliani belong. Also M. ambohimitombi, a taxon of uncertain status, morphologically reminds a giant M. curtus and is not further considered here. The following description is valid for a general definition of the M. curtus complex, but detailed morphological characters of the various forms are at present unknown.