Platypelis alticola (Guibé, 1973)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Microhylidae > Subfamily: Cophylinae > Genus: Platypelis > Species: Platypelis alticola

Platyhyla alticola Guibé, 1973, Bull. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat. Paris, Ser. 3, Zool., 171: 1182. Holotype: MNHNP 1973.693, by original designation. Type locality: "Massif du Tsaratanana, en forêt", northern Madagascar.

Platypelis alticolaGuibé, 1978, Bonn. Zool. Monogr., 11: 117; Tu, Yang, Liang, and Zhang, 2018, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 126: 87; Dubois, Ohler, and Pyron, 2021, Megataxa, 5: 417. 

Cophyla alticola — Peloso, Frost, Richards, Rodrigues, Donnellan, Matsui, Raxworthy, Biju, Lemmon, Lemmon, and Wheeler, 2016, Cladistics, 32: 140. 

English Names

Madagascar Giant Treefrog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 91).


High elevation bamboo forest and rainforest in the Tsaratanana and Sorata Mountains, northern Madagascar, 2000-2600 m elevation.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Madagascar

Endemic: Madagascar


See Guibé, 1978, Bonn. Zool. Monogr., 11: 117, for account. Glaw and Vences, 2007, Field Guide Amph. Rept. Madagascar, Ed. 3: 134-135, provided an account. See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 455. See comments by Rakotoarison, Glaw, Vieites, Raminosoa, and Vences, 2012, Zootaxa, 3563: 1-25. Rakotoarison, Scherz, Köhler, Ratsoavina, Hawlitschek, Megson, Vences, and Glaw, 2020, Zoosyst. Evol., Berlin, 96: 270, noted specimens from the Sorata Massif in northern Madagascar, which they identified as this species on the basis of morphology but noted a 6.2 to 6.6% sequence divergence between the Sorata and Tsaratanana populations. 

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