Mantidactylus guttulatus (Boulenger, 1881)

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

Rana guttulata Boulenger, 1881, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 5, 7: 360. Syntypes: BMNH 1947.2.25.48–52 (formerly 1880.7.15.10–12, 1881.3.29.15–16 according to Guibé, 1978, Bonn. Zool. Monogr., 11: 18); BMNH 1947.2.25.51 designated lectotype by Blommers-Schlösser and Blanc, 1991, Faune de Madagascar, 75: 256. Type locality: "Betsileo", Madagascar ; corrected to "S.E. Betsileo", Madagascar, by Boulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 21.

Mantidactylus guttulatusBoulenger, 1895, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 6, 15: 450.

Mantidactylus (Mantidactylus) guttulatusAhl, 1931, Das Tierreich, 55: 12; Dubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 313; Glaw and Vences, 2006, Organisms Divers. Evol., Electron. Suppl., 11(1): 3.

English Names

Gray Madagascar Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 101).


Central part of eastern Madagascar. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Madagascar

Endemic: Madagascar


 Glaw and Vences, 2007, Field Guide Amph. Rept. Madagascar, Ed. 3 230–231, provided an account. Altig and McDiarmid, 2006, Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington, 119: 418–425, described larval morphology.  Schulze, Randrianiaina, Perl, Glaw, and Vences, 2016, Acta Herpetol., Firenze, 11: 119–125, reported on larval morphology. Rodriguez, Börner, Pabijan, Gehara, Haddad, and Vences, 2015, Evol. Ecol., 29: 765–785 (and supplemental data), reported on phylogeographic diversity and its causes. Rancilhac, Bruy, Scherz, Pereira Silva, Preick, Straube, Lyra, Ohler, Streicher, Andreone, Crottini, Hutter, Randrianantoandro, Rakotoarison, Glaw, Hofreiter, and Vences, 2020, J. Nat. Hist., London, 54: 87–118, discussed the systematics and the range. 

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