Mantella aurantiaca Mocquard, 1900

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Mantellidae > Subfamily: Mantellinae > Genus: Mantella > Species: Mantella aurantiaca

Mantella aurantiaca Mocquard, 1900, Bull. Soc. Philomath., Paris, Ser. 9, 2: 110. also Mocquard, 1900, Bull. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat. Paris, 6: 348. Syntypes: MNHNP 1899.412-413, according to Guibé, 1950 "1948", Cat. Types Amph. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat.: 33. MNHNP 1899.412 designated lectotype by Vences, Glaw, and Böhme, 1999, Alytes, 17: 40. Type locality: "forêt entre Beforana et Moramanga", Madagascar.

Mantella aurantiaca aurantiacaStaniszewski, 1996, Reptilian, 4: 22.

Mantella aurantiaca rubra Staniszewski, 1996, Reptilian, 4: 24. Type(s): Not formally designated although several specimens involved; ZFMK 68868 designated lectotype by Vences, Glaw, and Böhme, 1999, Alytes, 17: 40. Type locality: "forests of Anosibe An'Ala", Madagascar; considered to be unknown by Vences, Glaw, and Böhme, 1999, Alytes, 17: 40, who rejected the validity of the taxon.

English Names

Golden Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 100; Staniszewski, 2001, Mantellas: 148).

Golden Mantella (Cochran, 1961, Living Amph. World: 132; Ananjeva, Borkin, Darevsky, and Orlov, 1988, Dict. Amph. Rept. Five Languages: 114; Staniszewski, 2001, Mantellas: 148; CITES).

Madagascan Golden Frog (Staniszewski, 2001, Mantellas: 148).

Ginger Tree Frog (Ananjeva, Borkin, Darevsky, and Orlov, 1988, Dict. Amph. Rept. Five Languages: 114).

Orange Mantella (Staniszewski, 2001, Mantellas: 148).

Yellow Mantella (Staniszewski, 2001, Mantellas: 148).

Red Mantella (Staniszewski, 2001, Mantellas: 148).

Malagasy Golden Mantella (CITES).


Small area on the eastern slopes of central Madagascar in upland wet swamp forests in the Torotorofotsy area and the Andromena Forest at the Samarirana River (920-960 m elevation).


See account by Blommers-Schlösser, 1979, Beaufortia, 29: 61. In the Mantella aurantiaca group of Vences, Glaw, and Böhme, 1999, Alytes, 17: 3-72; and Glaw and Vences, 2006, Organisms Divers. Evol., Electron. Suppl., 11(1): 2. See account by Staniszewski, 2001, Mantellas: 148-153. Glaw and Vences, 2007, Field Guide Amph. Rept. Madagascar, Ed. 3: 198-199, provided an account. See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 426, who noted that this taxon may represent more than one species. Bora, Dolch, Jenkins, Jovanovic, Rabemananjara, Randrianirina, Rafanomezantsoa, Raharivololoniaina, Ramilijaona, Raminosoa, Randrianavelona, Raselimanana, Razafimahatratra, Razafindraibe, and Vences, 2008, Herpetol. Notes, 1: 39-48, detailed the range and provided a map. Randrianavelona, Rakotonoely, Ratsimbazafy, and Jenkins, 2010, Afr. J. Herpetol., 59: 65-78, discussed range and conservation biology. Piludu, Dubos, Razafimanahaka, Razafindraibe, Randrianantoandro, and Jenkins, 2015, Herpetol. Notes, 8: 119–123, reported on distribution and conservation.. Klonoski, Bi, and Rosenblum, 2019, Ecol. Evol., 9: 2725–2742, reported on the genetics of Mantella aurantiaca, Mantella crocea, and Mantella milotympanum. Edwards, Bungard, Rakotondrasoa, Razafindraibe, Andriantsimanarilafy, Razafimanahaka, and Griffiths, 2022, Herpetol. J., 32: 5–13, predicted the impact of climate change on the species range via niche modeling. 

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