Mantellidae Laurent, 1946

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Mantellidae
233 species

Mantellinae Laurent, 1946, Rev. Zool. Bot. Afr., 39: 336. Type genus: Mantella Boulenger, 1882. See subfamily records for additional synonyms.

MantellidaeBlommers-Schlösser and Blanc, 1991, Faune de Madagascar, 75: 134; Dubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 310; Vences and Glaw, 2001, Spixiana, München, 24: 85-92.

Boophinae Vences and Glaw, 2001, Spixiana, München, 24: 88. Type genus: Boophis Tschudi, 1838.

Laliostominae Vences and Glaw, 2001, Spixiana, München, 24: 88. Type genus: Laliostoma Glaw, Vences, and Böhme, 1998. Incorrect originally spelling, but unemendable to Laliostomatinae under Art. 29.4 of ICZN, 1999, Internatl. Code Zool. Nomencl., Ed. 4.

MantelliniDubois, 2005, Alytes, 23: 16.

LaliostominiDubois, 2005, Alytes, 23: 16.

BoophiniDubois, 2005, Alytes, 23: 16.

English Names

None noted.


Madagascar and Mayotte Island (Comoros).


See Vences and Glaw, 2001, Spixiana, München, 24: 85-92, for discussion of systematics and history of classification, as well as a subfamilial classification: Boophinae, Laliostominae, and Mantellinae. Dubois, 2005, Alytes, 23: 16, treated Mantellidae as a subfamily (Mantellinae) of Ranidae, with three tribes, Boophini, Laliostomini, and Mantellini. Discussion (as Mantellinae) and review in Blommers-Schlösser, 1979, Beaufortia, 29: 1-77; including Mantella, Mantidactylus, Laurentomantis, and Pseudophilautus (now in Rhacophoridae). Mantellidae was considered a family distinct from Rhacophoridae by Blommers-Schlösser and Blanc, 1991, Faune de Madagascar, 75: 134-274, but without phylogenetic justification, excluded Aglyptodactylus and Pseudophilautus, considering them to be members of Rhacophoridae. Channing, 1989, S. Afr. J. Zool., 24: 116-128, considered Mantellidae to be imbedded within the traditional Rhacophoridae. Blommers-Schlösser, 1993, Ethol. Ecol. Evol., 5: 199-203, accepted Mantellinae as a subfamily of Rhacophoridae, but criticized aspects of Channing's (1989) analysis (see comment under Rhacophoridae: Buergeriinae). Richards, Nussbaum, and Raxworthy, 2000, Afr. J. Herpetol., 49: 23-32, discussed molecular evidence for relationships within mantellines on the basis of molecular evidence. Daly, Andriamaharavo, Andriantsiferana, and Myers, 1996, Am. Mus. Novit., 3177: 1-34, provided a history of classification of Mantella. Vences, Glaw, and Böhme, 1999, Alytes, 17: 3-72, reviewed this group and suggested the species group designations provided herein except as subsequently modified. Emerson, Richards, Drewes, and Kjer, 2000, Herpetologica, 56: 209-230, suggested that Mantellinae is the sister taxon of Rhacophoridae. Glaw, Vences, and Böhme, 1998, Z. Zool. Syst. Evolutionsforsch., 36: 17-37, on the basis of on the basis of close similarities with the Madagascan Tomopterna (now Laliostoma), considered Aglyptodactylus to be a ranid of this catalog, a view not substantiated by subsequent studies. Emerson, Richards, Drewes, and Kjer, 2000, Herpetologica, 56: 209-230, Vences, Glaw, Kosuch, Das, and Veith, 2000, Lourenço and Goodman (eds.), Diversité et Endéémisme à Madagascar: 229-242, and Vences and Glaw, 2001, Spixiana, München, 24: 85-92, suggested that Aglyptodactylus is part of a monophyletic mantelline group. Emerson, Richards, Drewes, and Kjer, 2000, Herpetologica, 56: 209-230, suggested on the basis of morphological and molecular evidence that Agylyptodactylus is closely related to Boophis and that the mantellines are the sister taxon of the remaining rhacophorids. Vences, Vieites, Glaw, Brinkmann, Kosuch, Veith, and Meyer, 2003, Proc. R. Soc. London, Ser. B, Biol. Sci., 270: 601-624, provided a phylogenetic analysis of many members of the family, suggested that Mantidactylus (sensu lato, now partitioned) is deeply paraphyletic with respect to Mantella. Frost, Grant, Faivovich, Bain, Haas, Haddad, de Sá, Channing, Wilkinson, Donnellan, Raxworthy, Campbell, Blotto, Moler, Drewes, Nussbaum, Lynch, Green, and Wheeler, 2006, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 297: 244, placed Mantellidae as the sister taxon of Rhacophoridae and treated Boophinae as the sister taxon of an enlarged Mantellinae, composed of Laliostomini and Mantellini; see that publication for summary of the complicated taxonomic history of this taxon. Glaw and Vences, 2006, Organisms Divers. Evol., 6: 236-253, provided an analysis, retained the three-subfamily taxonomy, and provided a new generic taxonomy that is followed here. Kurabayashi, Sumida, Yonekawa, Glaw, Vences, and Hasegawa, 2008, Mol. Biol. Evol., 25: 874-891, provided molecular evidence that Boophinae is the nearest relative of Laliostominae. Glaw, Hoegg, and Vences, 2006, Zootaxa, 1334: 27-43, also provided a phylogenetic tree. Raharivololoniaina, Grosjean, Raminosoa, Glaw, and Vences, 2006, J. Nat. Hist., London, 40: 1449-1480, discussed molecular evidence for convergence in larval guilds. Glaw and Vences, 2007, Field Guide Amph. Rept. Madagascar, Ed. 3: 144-251, provided accounts. Kurabayashi, Sumida, Yonekawa, Glaw, Vences, and Hasegawa, 2008, Mol. Biol. Evol., 25: 874-891, reported on aspects of mitochondrial evolution within mantellids. Bossuyt and Roelants, 2009, in Hedges and Kumar (eds.), Timetree of Life: 357-364, considered this taxon a distinct family based on its Mesozoic origin. Wollenberg, Vieites, Glaw, and Vences, 2011, BMC Evol. Biol., 11 (217) : 1-15, provided a molecular tree of the family that suggested monophyly of all of the constituent genera and subfamilies and confirmed Boophinae as the sister of Mantellinae + Laliostominae. Pyron and Wiens, 2011, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 61: 543-583, largely confirmed earlier work in a large molecular tree. Blackburn and Wake, 2011, In Zhang (ed.), Zootaxa, 3148: 39-55, briefly reviewed the taxonomic history of this taxon. Vitt and Caldwell, 2014, Herpetology, 4th Ed., provided a summary of life history, diagnosis, and taxonomy Yuan, Zhang, Raxworthy, Weisrock, Hime, Jin, Lemmon, Lemmon, Holland, Kortyna, Zhou, Peng, Che, and Prendini, 2018, Natl. Sci. Rev., Beijing, 6: 10–14, reported on phylogenetics and biogeography as elements of Natatanura.   

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