Heterixalus tricolor (Boettger, 1881)

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

Megalixalus tricolor Boettger, 1881, Zool. Anz., 4: 650. Syntypes: 2 specimens (presumably SMF); SMF 1141.1a reported as a type by Boettger, 1892, Kat. Batr. Samml. Mus. Senckenb. Naturforsch. Ges.: vi; SMF 7268 designated lectotype by Mertens, 1967, Senckenb. Biol., 48(A): 48 (a renumbering the Boettger's lectotype). Type locality: "in insula Nossi-Bé", Madagascar.

Heterixalus tricolorLaurent, 1950, Explor. Parc Natl. Albert, Miss. G.F. de Witte (1933–1935), 64: 14, by implication; Bachmann and Blommers-Schlösser, 1975, Zool. Anz., 194: 17.

English Names

Three-color Reed Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 66).


Northwestern and western Madagascar; Nosy Be and adjacent Nosy Komba.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Madagascar

Endemic: Madagascar


See account by Blommers-Schlösser, 1982, Beaufortia, 32: 1-11. Andreone, Glaw, Nussbaum, Raxworthy, Vences, and Randrianirina, 2003, J. Nat. Hist., London, 37: 2119-2149, discussed the occurrence of this species on Nosy Be. Glaw and Vences, 2007, Field Guide Amph. Rept. Madagascar, Ed. 3: 104, provided an account. Larval morphology described by Griep and Glos, 2020, Zootaxa, 4767: 332–344. 

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