Guibemantis pulcher (Boulenger, 1882)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Mantellidae > Subfamily: Mantellinae > Genus: Guibemantis > Species: Guibemantis pulcher

Rhacophorus pulcher Boulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 467. Syntypes: BMNH (4 specimens), by original designation, including BMNH 1947.2.27.64-65 according to Blommers-Schlösser and Blanc, 1991, Faune de Madagascar, 75: 182; BMNH 1947.2.27.65 designated lectotype by Blommers-Schlösser, 1979, Beaufortia, 29: 45; redescribed by Lehtinen, Glaw, Andreone, Pabijan, and Vences, 2012, Copeia, 2012: 659-660. Type localities: "Ankafana, Betsileo" and "East Betsileo", Madagascar; restricted to "Ankafana, Betsileo", Madagascar, by lectotype designation.

Rhacophorus (Rhacophorus) pulcherAhl, 1931, Das Tierreich, 55: 196.

Gephyromantis pulcherGuibé, 1975 "1974", Bull. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat. Paris, Ser. 3, Zool., 266: 1761. Guibé, 1978, Bonn. Zool. Monogr., 11: 55.

Mantidactylus pulcherBlommers-Schlösser, 1979, Beaufortia, 29: 45.

Mantidactylus (Blommersia) pulcherDubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 311.

Mantidactylus (Pandanusicola) pulcherGlaw and Vences, 1994, Fieldguide Amph. Rept. Madagascar, Ed. 2: 137, 400.

Guibemantis (Pandanusicola) pulcherGlaw and Vences, 2006, Organisms Divers. Evol., 6: 246, by implication; Glaw and Vences, 2006, Organisms Divers. Evol., Electron. Suppl., 11(1): 2.

English Names

Tsarafidy Madagascar Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 101).


East-central Madagascar.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Madagascar

Endemic: Madagascar


Blommers-Schlösser, 1979, Beaufortia, 29: 50, noted that Mantidactylus pulcher and Mantidactylus bicalcaratus were difficult to separate in preservative. Prior to the revision by Glaw and Vences, 2006, Organisms Divers. Evol., 6: 236-253, in the Mantidactylus (Blommersia) pulcher group according to Dubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 311. Lehtinen, Nussbaum, Richards, Cannatella, and Vences, 2007, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 44: 1121-1129, suggested on the basis of molecular evidence that more than one species masquerades under this name. Glaw and Vences, 2007, Field Guide Amph. Rept. Madagascar, Ed. 3: 204-205, provided an account. Lehtinen, Glaw, Andreone, Pabijan, and Vences, 2012, Copeia, 2012: 660, also suggested that the name covers more than one species (note: see Guibemantis pulcherrimus). Rodriguez, Börner, Pabijan, Gehara, Haddad, and Vences, 2015, Evol. Ecol., 29: 765–785 (and supplemental data), reported on phylogeographic diversity and its causes. The xxxx component of the range of nominal range of this species was transferred to Guibemantis pulcherrimus by Vences, Hutter, Glaw, Rakotoarison, Raselimanana, and Scherz, 2023, Zootaxa, 5306: 97–115.

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