Mantidactylus bellyi Mocquard, 1895

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Mantellidae > Subfamily: Mantellinae > Genus: Mantidactylus > Species: Mantidactylus bellyi

Mantidactylus bellyi Mocquard, 1895, Bull. Soc. Philomath., Paris, Ser. 8, 7: 126. Holotype: MNHNP 1893.240, according to Guibé, 1978, Bonn. Zool. Monogr., 11: 36; given incorrectly as 1893.420 by Guibé, 1950 "1948", Cat. Types Amph. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat.: 48. Type locality: "montagne d'Ambre", Madagascar.

Mantidactylus (Mantidactylus) bellyiAhl, 1931, Das Tierreich, 55: 19.

Mantidactylus (Brygoomantis) bellyiVences and Glaw, 2006, in Vences et al. (eds.), Calls Frogs Madagascar: 28. Glaw and Vences, 2006, Organisms Divers. Evol., Electron. Suppl., 11(1): 3.

English Names

None noted.


Distributed in the North and North East of Madagascar, in Montagne d’Ambre National Park, and Ankarana, Fanambana forest, Andrakata, Marojejy, Montagne des Français, Belambo, Andapa, and Andrafainkona/Ambarata. 53–1372 m elevation. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Madagascar

Endemic: Madagascar


Resurrected from the synonymy of Mantidactylus curtus by Vences and Glaw, 2006, in Vences et al. (eds.), Calls Frogs Madagascar: 28, and Glaw and Vences, 2006, Organisms Divers. Evol., 6: 249. Synonymy with Mantidactylus ulcerosus by Guibé, 1978, Bonn. Zool. Monogr., 11: 36. Considered subsequently to be a synonym of Mantidactylus curtus by Blommers-Schlösser and Blanc, 1991, Faune de Madagascar, 75: 244, and Glaw and Vences, 1992, Fieldguide Amph. Rept. Madagascar: 277. Glaw and Vences, 2007, Field Guide Amph. Rept. Madagascar, Ed. 3: 232-233, provided an account. Rasolonjatovo, Scherz, Schmidt, Glos, Rakotoarison, Raselimanana, and Vences, 2022, PLoS One, 17(3: e0263764): 1–28, reported on population diversification in mtDNA, morphology, bioacoustics, and ecology. Subgenus Brygoomantis, Mantidactylus ulcerosus clade of Scherz, Crottini, Hutter, Hildenbrand, Andreone, Fulgence, Köhler, Ndriantsoa, Ohler, Preick, Rakotoarison, Rancilhac, Raselimanana, Riemann, Rödel, Rosa, Streicher, Vieites, Köhler, Hofreiter, Glaw, and Vences, 2022, Megataxa, 7: 113–311, who provided an account detailing (p. 205–206) molecular and morphological diagnosis, natural history, advertisement call, adult morphology, and distribution. 

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