Mantidactylus cowanii (Boulenger, 1882)

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

Rana cowanii Boulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 463. Syntypes: BMNH (3 specimens), by original designation; BMNH 1947.2.22.63–64 (formerly 1882.3.16.61–62) and 1947.2.22.69 (formerly 1882.3.16.63), according to Blommers-Schlösser and Blanc, 1991, Faune de Madagascar, 75: 218, and museum records. Type localities: "Ankafana, Betsileo" and "East Betsileo", Madagascar.

Mantidactylus cowaniiBoulenger, 1895, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 6, 15: 450. Boettger, 1913, in Voeltzkow (ed.), Reise Ost-Afr., 3(4): 273.

Mantidactylus (Mantidactylus) cowaniiAhl, 1931, Das Tierreich, 55: 24.

Mantidactylus (Hylobatrachus) cowaniLaurent, 1943, Bull. Mus. R. Hist. Nat. Belg., 19: 7. Glaw and Vences, 2006, Organisms Divers. Evol., Electron. Suppl., 11(1): 3.

English Names

None noted.


Central and eastern Madagascar.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Madagascar

Endemic: Madagascar


Removed from the synonymy of Mantidactylus lugubris by Glaw and Vences, 2006, Organisms Divers. Evol., 6: 250, where it had been placed by Guibé, 1978, Bonn. Zool. Monogr., 11: 21. Glaw and Vences, 2007, Field Guide Amph. Rept. Madagascar, Ed. 3: 250–251, provided an account and noted similar unnamed species.

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