Gephyromantis horridus (Boettger, 1880)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Mantellidae > Subfamily: Mantellinae > Genus: Gephyromantis > Species: Gephyromantis horridus

Hemimantis horrida Boettger, 1880, Zool. Anz., 3: 282. Holotype: SMF 7177 (formerly 1118.2a) according to Mertens, 1967, Senckenb. Biol., 48(A): 46. Type locality: "insula Nossi-Bé", Madagascar.

Arthroleptis horridusBoulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 118.

Hemimantis (Arthroleptis) horridaMethuen and Hewitt, 1913, Ann. Transvaal Mus., 4: 56.

Trachymantis horridaMethuen, 1920 "1919", Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1919: 352. Guibé, 1978, Bonn. Zool. Monogr., 11: 80.

Trachymantis horridusAhl, 1931, Das Tierreich, 55: 204.

Laurentomantis horridaDubois, 1980, Bull. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat. Paris, Sect. A, Zool., 2: 350.

Mantidactylus (Laurentomantis) horridusGlaw and Vences, 1994, Fieldguide Amph. Rept. Madagascar, Ed. 2: 403.

Gephyromantis (Laurentomantis) horridusVences and Glaw, 2006, in Vences et al. (eds.), Calls Frogs Madagascar: 22. Glaw and Vences, 2006, Organisms Divers. Evol., 6: 244; by implication; Glaw and Vences, 2006, Organisms Divers. Evol., Electron. Suppl., 11(1): 3.

English Names

Boettger's Grainy Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 99).


Known only from the type locality (Nosy Bé I.), Montagne d'Ambre, and Tsaratanana Massif, northern Madagascar, 300-1400 m elevation.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Madagascar

Endemic: Madagascar


See accounts by Vences, Glaw, Andreone, Jesu, and Schimmenti, 2002, Contrib. Zool., Amsterdam, 70: 193-198 (who also described the advertisement call), and Glaw and Vences, 2007, Field Guide Amph. Rept. Madagascar, Ed. 3: 216-217 (and who noted a similar unnamed species from Marojejy). Andreone, Glaw, Nussbaum, Raxworthy, Vences, and Randrianirina, 2003, J. Nat. Hist., London, 37: 2119-2149, discussed the occurrence of this species on Nosy Be. See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status (as Mantidactylus horridus) in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 430.

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