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A small conspicuously coloured frog; males 22-23 mm, females 25-28 mm. Colour in life unknown. In preservative, dorsum brownish with distinct dark spots, flanks darker with light spots. Dorsal surface of legs white with distinct narrow black bands. Venter white with dark spots, which are more or less circular on the throat and become more oblong towards the abdomen. Skin smooth. Nostrils nearer to tip of snout than to the eye. Tympanum very distinct, about 1/2 of eye diameter. Tibiotarsal articulation reaches the eye. Lateral metatarsalia partly connected. Webbing rudimentary. Fingers with terminal disks. Oblong femoral glands clearly visible in males.

Similar species: Colouration is unique. Morphology is similar to the M. wittei-complex.

Taken with permission from Glaw and Vences (2007).


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