Overview

Comprehensive Description

Description

M 23-27 mm, F 28-31 mm. Tibiotarsal articulation reaches snout tip or beyond. Fifth toe of similar length as third toe. Femoral glands in males distinct and prominent. Frenal stripe completely absent. Ventrally with a blackish throat with a thin median white line (Glaw and Vences 2007).

Variation: Specimens from south-eastern Madagascar show a less distinct dorsal pattern, less dark-coloured lateral head, and a strong genetic differentiation (Glaw and Vences 2007).

Taken with permission from Glaw and Vences (2007) and Andreone and Vences (2008).

  • Andreone, F. and Vences, M. (2008). Mantidactylus aerumnalis. In: IUCN 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded on 07 April 2009.
  • Glaw, F., and Vences, M. (2007). Field Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar. Third Edition. Vences and Glaw Verlag, Köln.
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Distribution

Distribution and Habitat

Species occurs in An’Ala, Marovitsika, Midongy, Moramanga, Ranomafana (Imaloka, Mangevo, Ranomena), Tolongoina, Vondrozo (Glaw and Vences 2007).

It has been recorded from east-central and southeastern Madagascar, at 600-1100 m asl (Andreone and Vences 2008).

  • Andreone, F. and Vences, M. (2008). Mantidactylus aerumnalis. In: IUCN 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded on 07 April 2009.
  • Glaw, F., and Vences, M. (2007). Field Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar. Third Edition. Vences and Glaw Verlag, Köln.
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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Statistics of barcoding coverage

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLD) Stats
Specimen Records:79
Specimens with Sequences:79
Specimens with Barcodes:75
Species:29
Species With Barcodes:29
Public Records:79
Public Species:29
Public BINs:56
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Conservation

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors

Habits: Found along relatively slow-moving rainforest streams at rather low elevations. Specimens are found during the day on the forest floor and can be locally rather common but were never heard calling (Glaw and Vences 2007).

  • Andreone, F. and Vences, M. (2008). Mantidactylus aerumnalis. In: IUCN 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded on 07 April 2009.
  • Glaw, F., and Vences, M. (2007). Field Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar. Third Edition. Vences and Glaw Verlag, Köln.
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Threats

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors

Listed as least concern in view of its relatively wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category. Though it occurs in many protected areas, its forest habitat is receding due to subsistence agriculture, timber extraction, charcoal manufacture, and invasive spread of eucalyptus, livestock grazing and expanding human settlements (Andreone and Vences 2008).

  • Andreone, F. and Vences, M. (2008). Mantidactylus aerumnalis. In: IUCN 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded on 07 April 2009.
  • Glaw, F., and Vences, M. (2007). Field Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar. Third Edition. Vences and Glaw Verlag, Köln.
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Wikipedia

Mantidactylus

Mantidactylus is a frog genus in the family Mantellidae. These frogs live only in Madagascar and Mayotte.[1] These frogs are usually less brightly colored than their relatives in Mantella.

In recent works, Blommersia, Boehmantis, Gephyromantis, Guibemantis, Spinomantis and Wakea are often separated from Mantidactylus.

Species[edit]

New species continue to be described at a rate of a few per year on average. Recently described species are often not formally placed in Mantidactylus; this may eventually be done but until then, names like "Mantidactylus azzurrae" for example are nomina nuda and must not be used.

Recently described species not placed in Mantidactylus:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bora, P., Ramilijaona, O., Raminosoa, N., & Vences, M. (2011). "A new species of Mantidactylus (subgenus Chonomatnis) from Ranomafana National Park, eastern Madagascar (Amphibia, Anura, Mantellida)." Zootaxa 2772: 52-60.
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