Spinomantis Dubois, 1992

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Mantellidae > Subfamily: Mantellinae > Genus: Spinomantis
14 species

Spinomantis Dubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 313. Type species: Rhacophorus aglavei Methuen and Hewitt, 1913, by original designation. Proposed as a subgenus of Mantidactylus. Treated as a genus by Glaw and Vences, 2006, Organisms Divers. Evol., 6: 248.

English Names

None noted.


Eastern Madagascar.


Glaw and Vences, 2006, Organisms Divers. Evol., 6: 236-253, and Kurabayashi, Sumida, Yonekawa, Glaw, Vences, and Hasegawa, 2008, Mol. Biol. Evol., 25: 874-891, considered Spinomantis to be the sister taxon of a group composed of Gephyromantis, Boehmantis, and Mantidactylus. Vejarano, Thomas, and Vences, 2006, Contrib. Zool., Amsterdam, 75: 99–108, reported on larval morphology. Wollenberg, Vieites, Glaw, and Vences, 2011, BMC Evol. Biol., 11 (217) : 1-15, came to slightly different conclusions and suggested Spinomantis to be the sister taxon of Mantella + + Wakea + Guibemantis + Blommersia. Pyron and Wiens, 2011, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 61: 543-583, confirmed this result in their molecular tree based on Genbank sequences. Glaw and Vences, 2007, Field Guide Amph. Rept. Madagascar, Ed. 3: 206-209, provided accounts. Cramer, Rabibisoa, and Raxworthy, 2008, Am. Mus. Novit., 3618: 1-22, provided a key to the species known at the time.

Contained taxa (14 sp.):

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