M 19-23 mm, F 25-27 mm. Tibiotarsal articulation reaches at most the nostril. Fifth toe shorter than third toe. Femoral glands in males distinct and prominent. Frenal stripe distinct, well defined, continued until nostril. Ventrally with a dark throat with a median row of larger white spots (Glaw and Vences 2007).
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Madagascar
This species, as recently redefined, is known only from two localities, Andasibe and An'Ala, at 850-900m asl (Glaw and Vences 2008).
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Habits: Found along small rainforest streams at mid-altitudes. Males call during the day from hidden positions on the ground in the immediate proximity of streams (Glaw and Vences 2007).
Calls: A rapid series of 31-36 short pulsed notes (Glaw and Vences 2007).
Trends and Threats
This species is listed as data deficient because of continuing uncertainties as to its extent of occurrence, status and ecological requirements. Though it occurs in the Réserve Spéciale d’Analamazaotra, its forest habitat is receding due to subsistence agriculture, timber extraction, charcoal manufacture, invasive spread of eucalyptus, livestock grazing and expanding human settlements (Glaw and Vences 2008).
Possible reasons for amphibian decline
General habitat alteration and loss
Habitat modification from deforestation, or logging related activities
Intensified agriculture or grazing
Subtle changes to necessary specialized habitat
Taken with permission from Glaw and Vences (2007, 2008).
Glaw, F. and Vences, M. (2008). Mantidactylus albofrenatus. In: IUCN 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded on 31 March 2009.
Glaw, F., and Vences, M. (2007). Field Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar. Third Edition. Vences and Glaw Verlag, Köln.
Written by Miguel Vences and Frank Glaw (m.vences AT tu-bs.de), Assistant Professor and Curator of Vertebrates at the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics in the Zoological Museum at the University of Amsterdam
First submitted 2000-11-21
Edited by Catherine Aguilar (2009-05-01)
Citation: AmphibiaWeb: Information on
amphibian biology and conservation. [web application]. 2013. Berkeley, California:
(Accessed: May 20, 2013).
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