Overview

Comprehensive Description

Description

Very similar to M. betsileo; a morphological or chromatic distinction from this species is currently not possible (Glaw and Vences 2007).

Taken with permission from Glaw and Vences (2007).

  • Andreone, F. and Vences, M. (2008). Mantella ebenaui. In: IUCN 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded on 21 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

Range Description

This species is widely distributed in northeastern Madagascar and the Sambirano region of northwestern Madagascar. It ranges from sea level up to 900m asl.
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Distribution and Habitat

Northeastern Madagascar and the Sambirano region of northwestern Madagascar. Ambavala, Ankarafantsika (Ankarokaroka, Lac Tsimaloto; assignment to M. ebenaui tentative), Ankify, Anove, Antanambaobe, Antsirasira, Benavony, Berara forest, Betsimpoaka, Farakaraina forest station, Lokobe, Manongarivo, Maroantsetra, Nosy Be, Nosy Boraha, Nosy Faly, Nosy Komba, Rantabe, Sahafary, Tsaratanana (Andampy campsite), Voloina (Glaw and Vences 2007). It occurs from sea level to 900 m asl in rainforest, dry forest, degraded forest, and open areas (Andreone and Vences 2008).

  • Andreone, F. and Vences, M. (2008). Mantella ebenaui. In: IUCN 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded on 21 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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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
It occurs in a variety of habitats including rainforest, dry forest, degraded forest and in open areas. It is a terrestrial species. The eggs are laid on land near water, and the larvae develop in temporary and permanent pools, and sometimes in brooks.

Systems
  • Terrestrial
  • Freshwater
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
LC
Least Concern

Red List Criteria

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2008

Assessor/s
Franco Andreone, Miguel Vences

Reviewer/s
Simon Stuart, Neil Cox

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Justification
Listed as Least Concern in view of its relatively wide distribution, tolerance of a broad range of habitats, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
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Population

Population
It is a locally abundant species.

Population Trend
Stable
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Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors

Habits: Found in rainforest and secondary tree plantations. Calling, fighting and foraging was mainly observed during the day, especially in the morning and after heavy rainfalls. Feeds on small flies, ants, beetles and other small insects (Glaw and Vences 2007). Eggs are laid on land near water (Andreone and Vences 2008). Tadpoles develop in pools or slow-moving water bodies (Glaw and Vences 2007).

Calls: Series of short double-click notes (Glaw and Vences 2007).

  • Andreone, F. and Vences, M. (2008). Mantella ebenaui. In: IUCN 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded on 21 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

Major Threats
It is an adaptable species, and there are few, if any, habitat-related threats. It is has been suggested that over collecting for commercial and private purposes is a threat, but it is only traded in low numbers.
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Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors

It occurs in many protected areas and the population appears to be stable (Andreone and Vences 2008).

  • Andreone, F. and Vences, M. (2008). Mantella ebenaui. In: IUCN 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded on 21 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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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
It occurs in many protected areas. It is listed on CITES Appendix II.
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Wikipedia

Mantella ebenaui

Mantella ebenaui is a species of frog in the Mantellidae family. It is endemic to Madagascar. Its natural habitats are rainforest and dry forests.

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