Species Description: Andreone F, Apria G, Odierna G, Vences M 2006 A new narrow-mouthed frog of the genus Paradoxophyla (Microhylidae: Scaphiophryninae) from Masoala rainforest, northeastern Madagascar. Acta Herpetologica 1:15-27.
© 2006 Franco Andreone (1 of 1)
Similar species: Paradoxophyla palmata has fully webbed feet, in contrast to the minimally webbed feet of P. tiarano (Glaw and Vences 2007).
The tadpole of P. tiarano has a rounded body, with a flattened snout (subcircular in dorsal view, rounded in lateral view). The lower jaw projects upward, making the wide mouth visible in dorsal view. Eyes are dorsolateral, nares are dorsal. Dorsal fin originates at tail-body junction and reaches maximum height from 3/4 to 1/3 of the tail. Ventral fin originates at posteroventral terminus of body. Ventral spiracle with fringed border. Body is transparent and translucent, with the tail muscle and dorsal body wall light brownish shading to pinkish in color, and a whitish belly with dark intestines visible through the body walls.
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Madagascar
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Trends and Threats
Possible reasons for amphibian decline
General habitat alteration and loss
Taken with permission from Glaw and Vences (2007).
Andreone, F., Aprea, G., Odierna, G., and Vences, M. (2006). ''A new narrow-mouthed frog of the genus Paradoxophyla (Microhylidae: Scaphiophryninae) from Masoala rainforest, northeastern Madagascar.'' Acta Herpetologica, 1, 15-27.
Glaw, F., and Vences, M. (2007). Field Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar. Third Edition. Vences and Glaw Verlag, Köln.
Stuart, S. (2008). Paradoxophyla tiarano. In: IUCN 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded on 08 April 2009.
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 2009-04-08
Edited by Kellie Whittaker (2010-07-18)
Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2010 Paradoxophyla tiarano <http://amphibiaweb.org/species/6720> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Sep 24, 2017.
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