Mantella betsileo (Grandidier, 1872)

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

Dendrobates betsileo Grandidier, 1872, Ann. Sci. Nat., Paris, Ser. 5, 15: 11. Syntypes: MNHNP 1895.278-279, according to Guibé, 1950 "1948", Cat. Types Amph. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat.: 33. MNHNP 1895.279 designated lectotype by Vences, Glaw, and Böhme, 1999, Alytes, 17: 11. Type locality: "Pays des Betsileos", Madagascar. See Vences, Glaw, and Böhme, 1999, Alytes, 17: 12, and Glaw and Vences, 2006, Organisms Divers. Evol., 6: 250, for discussion of type locality, which is apparently in error.

Mantella betsileoBoulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 141.

English Names

Betsileo Golden Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 100; Staniszewski, 2001, Mantellas: 164).

Bronze Mantella (Staniszewski, 2001, Mantellas: 164).


Western and southwestern Madagascar.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Madagascar

Endemic: Madagascar


See comment under Mantella viridis. In the Mantella betsileo group of Vences, Glaw, and Böhme, 1999, Alytes, 17: 3-72, and Glaw and Vences, 2006, Organisms Divers. Evol., Electron. Suppl., 11(1): 2. Andreone, Glaw, Nussbaum, Raxworthy, Vences, and Randrianirina, 2003, J. Nat. Hist., London, 37: 2119-2149, discussed the occurrence of this species (as Mantella betsileo) on Nosy Be. Glaw and Vences, 2006, Organisms Divers. Evol., 6: 236-253, discussed confusion in the literature and recognized Mantella ebenaui for populations formerly associated with the name Mantella betsileo from northern Madagascar. Glaw and Vences, 2007, Field Guide Amph. Rept. Madagascar, Ed. 3: 188-189, provided an account. Jovanovic, Glos, Glaw, Randrianiaina, and Vences, 2009, Zootaxa, 2124: 21–27, discussed comparative larval morphology.

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