Platypelis tsaratananaensis Guibé, 1973

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

Platypelis tsaratananaensis Guibé, 1973, Bull. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat. Paris, Ser. 3, Zool., 171: 1184. Holotype: MNHNP A.685, by original designation; noted as MNHNP 1993.685, by Rakotoarison, Glaw, Vieites, Raminosoa, and Vences, 2012, Zootaxa, 3563: 9. Type locality: "Massif du Tsaratanana: forêt de bambous (2600 m)", Madagascar.

Platypelis tasartananaensisDuellman, 1993, Univ. Kansas Mus. Nat. Hist. Spec. Publ., 21: 195. Incorrect subsequent spelling.

Cophyla tsaratananaensis — Peloso, Frost, Richards, Rodrigues, Donnellan, Matsui, Raxworthy, Biju, Lemmon, Lemmon, and Wheeler, 2016, Cladistics, 32: 140; Dubois, Ohler, and Pyron, 2021, Megataxa, 5: 417. 

Platypelis tsaratananaensis — Tu, Yang, Liang, and Zhang, 2018, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 126: 87.

English Names

Tsaratanana Giant Treefrog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 92).


Tsaratanana, Anjanaharibe-Sud, and Sorata Mountains, northern Madagascar, 1300-2600 m elevation.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Madagascar

Endemic: Madagascar


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: 456. Rakotoarison, Glaw, Vieites, Raminosoa, and Vences, 2012, Zootaxa, 3563: 1-25, discussed and redelimited the species. Rakotoarison, Scherz, Köhler, Ratsoavina, Hawlitschek, Megson, Vences, and Glaw, 2020, Zoosyst. Evol., Berlin, 96: 271, reported the species from the Sorata Massif but noted that further systematic work may require taxonomic revision. 

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