Mantella pulchra Parker, 1925

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

Mantella pulchra Parker, 1925, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 9, 16: 393. Holotype: BMNH 1947.2.7.20 (formerly 1925.7.2.58) according to Blommers-Schlösser and Blanc, 1991, Faune de Madagascar, 75: 272, and Vences, Glaw, and Böhme, 1999, Alytes, 17: 38. Type locality: "Antsihanaka", Madagascar.

Mantella cowani pulchraAndreone, 1992, Boll. Mus. Reg. Sci. Nat. Torino, 10: 437.

English Names

Parker's Golden Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 101; Staniszewski, 2001, Mantellas: 204).

Parker's Mantella (Staniszewski, 2001, Mantellas: 204).

Beautiful Mantella (Staniszewski, 2001, Mantellas: 204).

Splendid Mantella (Staniszewski, 2001, Mantellas: 204).


Northeastern Madagascar from Mananarana-Nord south to An'Ala, 300-950 m elevation.


Considered a synonym of Mantella madagascariensis by Busse, 1981, Amphibia-Reptilia, 2: 29, and likely a color morph of Mantella madagascariensis by Glaw and Vences, 1992, Fieldguide Amph. Rept. Madagascar: 165, and as a subspecies of Mantella cowani by Andreone, 1992, Boll. Mus. Reg. Sci. Nat. Torino, 10: 421-450; but recognized subsequently by Glaw and Vences, 1994, Fieldguide Amph. Rept. Madagascar, Ed. 2: 403. 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. See comment under Mantella cowani. Staniszewski, 2001, Mantellas: 204-207, provided an account. 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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