Mantella laevigata Methuen and Hewitt, 1913

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

Mantella laevigata Methuen and Hewitt, 1913, Ann. Transvaal Mus., 4: 57. Holotype: TMP 10074 (formerly 1214), by original designation and according to Blommers-Schlösser and Blanc, 1991, Faune de Madagascar, 75: 269; the consideration of MCZ 10815 (on exchange from TMP) as a syntype, by Barbour and Loveridge, 1929, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 69: 304, is in error. Type locality: Folohy, eastern Madagascar.

English Names

Folohy Golden Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 100; Staniszewski, 2001, Mantellas: 186).

Climbing Mantella (Staniszewski, 2001, Mantellas: 186).

Arboreal Mantella (Staniszewski, 2001, Mantellas: 186).

Green-backed Mantella (Staniszewski, 2001, Mantellas: 186).


Northeastern Madagascar from Marojejy south to Folohy, 0-600 m elevation.


Removed from the synonymy of Mantella cowanii by Busse, 1981, Amphibia-Reptilia, 2: 27, where it had been placed by Guibé, 1964, Senckenb. Biol., 45: 259-264. Sole member of the Mantella laevigata 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: 186-189, provided an account. Glaw and Vences, 2007, Field Guide Amph. Rept. Madagascar, Ed. 3: 192-193, provided an account. See statement of geographic range, habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 624. Jovanovic, Glos, Glaw, Randrianiaina, and Vences, 2009, Zootaxa, 2124: 21–27, discussed comparative larval morphology.

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