Scaphiophryne marmorata Boulenger, 1882

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Microhylidae > Subfamily: Scaphiophryninae > Genus: Scaphiophryne > Species: Scaphiophryne marmorata

Scaphiophryne marmorata Boulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 472. Holotype: BMNH, by original designation; BMNH 1947.2.30.81 (originally 1882.3.16.29 by museum records) according to Blommers-Schlösser and Blanc, 1991, Faune de Madagascar, 75: 32. Type locality: "East Betsileo", Madagascar.

Scaphiophryne (Scaphiophryne) marmorataGrosjean, Glos, Teschke, Glaw, and Vences, 2007, Zool. J. Linn. Soc., 151: 572.

English Names

Marbled Rain Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 114).


Mid-altitude rainforest in central eastern Madagascar from Zahamena south to the Andasibe area, 100–1000 m elevation.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Madagascar

Endemic: Madagascar


Vences, Aprea, Capriglione, Andreone, and Odierna, 2002, Chromosome Res., 10: 127–136, reported an unnamed species, closely similar to Scaphiophryne marmorata, and removed Scaphiophrnye spinosa from synonymy. Vences, Raxworthy, Nussbaum, and Glaw, 2003, Herpetol. J., 13: 70–74, discussed the species and range. See brief account by Glaw and Vences, 2007, Field Guide Amph. Rept. Madagascar, Ed. 3: 114. 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: 461.

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