Mantella crocea Pintak and Böhme, 1990

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

Mantella crocea Pintak and Böhme, 1990, Salamandra, 26: 58. Holotype: ZFMK 45007, by original designation. Type locality: "Andasibé (=Périnet), mittleres Ostmadagaskar".

English Names

Eastern Golden Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 100; Staniszewski, 2001, Mantellas: 173).

Yellow Mantella (Staniszewski, 2001, Mantellas: 173).

Eastern Mantella (Staniszewski, 2001, Mantellas: 173).


Known only from the vicinity of the type locality in east-central Madagascar: Ifoha west of Parc National de Mantadia; forest area east of Ambohimanarivo; forest bordering the north of Torotorofotsy marsh, and in and around the Reserve Naturelle Intégrale de Zahameno, 800–1057 m elevation.


Similar to the Mantella betsileo and Mantella madagascariensis species groups according to the original publication. 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. Staniszewski, 2001, Mantellas: 173–175, provided an account. 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: 427, who provided a personal communication from M. Vences and F. Glaw that Mantella crocea and Mantella milotympanum may be color variants of the same 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. Edmonds, 2009, Herpetol. Notes, 2: 53–57, provided range extensions.. Klonoski, Bi, and Rosenblum, 2019, Ecol. Evol., 9: 2725–2742, reported on the genetics of Mantella aurantiaca, Mantella crocea, and Mantella milotympanum, noting that lineage diversity appears to be underestimated and not corresponding with species boundaries, noting that in particular the green color variant of Mantella crocea is likely a distinct species. 

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