Mantidactylus lugubris (Duméril, 1853)

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

English Names

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


Central-east Madagascar, from the vicinity of Ambatoroma south to the region of Vohimana; populations to the north and south of this area apply to unnamed species. See comment. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Madagascar

Endemic: Madagascar


Prior to the revision by Glaw and Vences, 2006, Organisms Divers. Evol., 6: 236–253, in the Mantidactylus (Hylobatrachus) lugubris group of Dubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 312. Altig and McDiarmid, 2006, Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington, 119: 418–425, described larval morphology. Vences and Glaw, 2006, in Vences et al. (eds.), Calls Frogs Madagascar: 30, noted that this is a species complex. See Mantidactylus cowanii. Glaw and Vences, 2007, Field Guide Amph. Rept. Madagascar, Ed. 3: 250–251, provided an account and noted unnamed similar species.  Scherz, Glaw, Hutter, Bletz, Rakotoarison, Köhler, and Vences, 2019, PLoS One, 14(8: e0219437): 1–32, discussed nominal Mantidactylus lugubris, noting that it is composed of a number of unnamed species, two of which, Mantidactylus atsimo and Mantidactylus petakorona, they named. This leaves 4 populations unnamed. 

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