M and F 24 mm. Tibiotarsal articulation reaches at least the eye. Hands with rudimentary webbing, foot webbing 1(1), 2i(1.5), 2e(1), 3i(2), 3e(1.5), 4i/e(3), 5(1). Dorsal skin smooth. Colouration chocolate brown with two greenish dorsolateral bands. Males with distinct and well-delimited femoral glands.
Similar species: Other species of the subgenus Pandanusicola differ by the diameter of tympanum or colouration. M. liber has larger hands and feet.
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Madagascar
Andohahela, Chaines Anosyennes. It occurs between 300-1,500m asl (Raxworthy and Nussbaum 2008).
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
An arboreal frog that is only found in pristine forest associate with screw pines (Pandanus). The eggs are laid in leaf axils (often of Pandanus) where the larvae develop (Raxworthy and Nussbaum 2008).
Trends and Threats
This species occurs in Parc National d'Andohahela and Parc National de Marojejy, and probably also in other protected areas. Its taxonomy needs revision (Raxworthy and Nussbaum 2008).
Possible reasons for amphibian decline
General habitat alteration and loss
Habitat modification from deforestation, or logging related activities
Intensified agriculture or grazing
Taken with permission from Glaw and Vences (2007).
Glaw, F., and Vences, M. (2007). Field Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar. Third Edition. Vences and Glaw Verlag, Köln.
Raxworthy, C. and Nussbaum R. (2008). Guibemantis albolineatus. In: IUCN 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded on 01 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 2000-11-23
Edited by Henry Zhu (2009-05-06)
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