Mantella madagascariensis (Grandidier, 1872)

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

Dendrobates madagascariensis Grandidier, 1872, Ann. Sci. Nat., Paris, Ser. 5, 15: 10. Syntypes: MNHNP 1895.276-277, according to Guibé, 1950 "1948", Cat. Types Amph. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat.: 33. MNHNP 1895.276 designated lectotype by Glaw and Vences, 1994, Fieldguide Amph. Rept. Madagascar, Ed. 2: 403. Type locality: "Forêt d'Ambalavatou, entre Mananzarine et Fianarantsoua", Madagascar.

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

Mantella loppei Roux, 1935, Bull. Soc. Zool. France, 60: 441. Holotype: NHMB 4849 according to Forcart, 1946, Verh. Naturforsch. Ges. Basel, 57: 130. Type locality: "Moroulambo, Prov. de Vatomandry, Est Madagascar". Glaw and Vences, 1994, Fieldguide Amph. Rept. Madagascar, Ed. 2: 403, considered this name a nomen dubium, but used the name tentatively for another species in east-central Madagascar. Daly, Andriamaharavo, Andriantsiferana, and Myers, 1996, Am. Mus. Novit., 3177: 13, considered this application of the name to be dubious. Synonymy by Busse, 1981, Amphibia-Reptilia, 2: 32, and (answering previous critics) Vences, Glaw, and Böhme, 1999, Alytes, 17: 37.

Mantella madagascariensis madagascariensisBusse, 1981, Amphibia-Reptilia, 2: 32.

English Names

Madagascar Golden Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 100; Staniszewski, 2001, Mantellas: 190).

Madagascan Mantella (Staniszewski, 2001, Mantellas: 190).

Malagasy Mantella (Staniszewski, 2001, Mantellas: 190).

Painted Mantella (Staniszewski, 2001, Mantellas: 190).


East-central Madgascar in upland locations from near Niagarakely south to Ranomafana, 700-1050 m elevation.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Madagascar

Endemic: Madagascar


Daly, Andriamaharavo, Andriantsiferana, and Myers, 1996, Am. Mus. Novit., 3177: 17-18, rejected the use of this name for reason of being unidentifiable. Vences, Glaw, and Böhme, 1999, Alytes, 17: 37, discussed the issue and suggested that the lectotype is identifiable. In the Mantella madagascariensis 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: 190-193, provided an account. Chiari, Vences, Vieites, Rabemananjara, Bora, Ravoahangimalala, and Meyer, 2004, Mol. Ecol., 13: 3763-3774, suggested that nominal Mantella madagascariensis may be a composite of cryptic species, with at least one taxon more closely related to Mantella pulchra rather than to the remaining populations of Mantella madagascariensis. Glaw and Vences, 2007, Field Guide Amph. Rept. Madagascar, Ed. 3: 196-197, 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: 428. Jovanovic, Glos, Glaw, Randrianiaina, and Vences, 2009, Zootaxa, 2124: 21–27, discussed comparative larval morphology.

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