Heterixalus madagascariensis (Duméril and Bibron, 1841)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Hyperoliidae > Subfamily: Hyperoliinae > Genus: Heterixalus > Species: Heterixalus madagascariensis

Eucnemis madagascariensis Duméril and Bibron, 1841, Erp. Gen., 6: 528. Syntypes: MNHNP 4596 (3 specimens, according to Guibé, 1950 "1948", Cat. Types Amph. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat.: 57), NHMW 22914 (received from MNHNP according to Häupl and Tiedemann, 1978, Kat. Wiss. Samml. Naturhist. Mus. Wien, 2: 16, and Häupl, Tiedemann, and Grillitsch, 1994, Kat. Wiss. Samml. Naturhist. Mus. Wien, 9: 21). The status of these is questionable as measurements are provided for only a single specimen in the original description, although other specimens are mentioned. Type locality: "l'île de Madagascar".

Hyperolius madagascariensisGünther, 1859 "1858", Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus.: 129.

Eucnemis antanosi Grandidier, 1872, Ann. Sci. Nat., Paris, Ser. 5, 15: 10. Holotype: MNHNP 1895.275, according to Guibé, 1978, Bonn. Zool. Monogr., 11: 85. Type locality: "Salavaratse", Madagascar. Synonymy by Ahl, 1931, Das Tierreich, 55: 428; Guibé, 1978, Bonn. Zool. Monogr., 11: 85.

Rappia antanosiGünther, 1874, Zool. Rec., 9: 81, by implication.

Megalixalus madagascariensis var. madagascariensisBoulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 129.

Megalixalus (Heterixalus) madagascariensisLaurent, 1944, Rev. Zool. Bot. Afr., 38: 112.

Heterixalus madagascariensisLaurent, 1950, Explor. Parc Natl. Albert, Miss. G.F. de Witte (1933–1935), 64: 14, by implication; Blommers-Schlösser and Blanc, 1991, Faune de Madagascar, 75: 119.

Hyperolius arnoulti Guibé, 1975, Bull. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat. Paris, Ser. 3, Zool., 323: 1085. Holotype: MNHNP 1975.14, by original designation. Type locality: "Manompana, côte est, en face de l'île Sainte-Marie", Madagascar. Synonymy by Blommers-Schlösser and Blanc, 1991, Faune de Madagascar, 75: 119; Glaw and Vences, 1992, Fieldguide Amph. Rept. Madagascar: 277.

English Names

Madagascar Reed Frog (Heterixalus madagascariensis: Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 66).


Eastern Madagascar.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Madagascar

Endemic: Madagascar


See account by Glaw and Vences, 2007, Field Guide Amph. Rept. Madagascar, Ed. 3: 100. Rodriguez, Börner, Pabijan, Gehara, Haddad, and Vences, 2015, Evol. Ecol., 29: 765–785 (and supplemental data), reported on phylogeographic diversity and its causes.

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