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A medium-sized green treefrog. Males 31-33 mm.

Remark: This species is very similar to Boophis jaegeri in morphology. It differs in several details of the colouration, and the call, which sounds very different. Although call features as frequency range and note repetition rate are similar to B. jaegeri, we heard several choruses of B. jaegeri in different months at Nosy Be and we never heard there the long call series typical for B. andreonei. This makes it extremely unlikely that the long call series is only a different call type of B. jaegeri.

Holotype: Adult male, ZFMK 57393, from Benavony (near Ambanja, NW-Madagascar). SVL 31 mm, head width 11.8 mm; eye diameter 4.1 mm, tympanum indistinct, horizontal diameter of tympanum about 1.9 mm; distance eye-nostril 2.0 mm, distance nostril-tip of snout 3.0 mm; hand length 9.2 mm, length of foot and tarsus 21.5 mm. Tibiotarsal articulation reaches the nostril when hind leg is brought forward. Tips of fingers and toes circularly enlarged. A distinct nuptial pad is present on the inner side of the first finger. The tibia is clearly longer than the foot. Vomerine teeth are present.

Webbing of the hand 1(-), 2i(-), 2e(1), 3i(2), 3e(1), 4(0.75); webbing of the foot 1(0), 2i(0.5), 2e(0), 3i(0.75), 3e(0), 4i/e(1), 5(0). Skin on the back smooth. In life green dorsum, mottled with indistinct dark green spots. No trace of a dorsolateral stripe. Lower arm and tarsus with yellowish white fringes. Venter whitish, ventral surface of fingertips green. Throat and ventral surface of arms and legs greenish blue. In preservative ventral and dorsal surface uniformly yellowish white. Iris silvery grey surrounded by orange on the outer iris area; the whole iris irregularly reticulated with red. Posterior iris periphery light (not blue). Dorsally the eye periphery is blue.

Paratypes: two adult males with nuptial pads (ZFMK 57391 and 57392, SVL 30.5 and 32.5, respectively) from same locality as holotype. Morphological features and colouration very similar to the holotype.

Derivatio nominis: Dedicated to Franco Andreone, Torino, in recognition for his contributions to the knowledge of the Malagasy anuran fauna, especially of the Boophis luteus-group.

Taken with permission from Glaw and Vences (2007).


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