M 18-23 mm, F 19-20 mm. Hand without webbing, foot webbing 1/(0.75), 2i(1.5), 2e(1), 3i(2), 3e(1.5), 4i/e(2.75), 5(1). Dorsal skin smooth. Very characteristic colouration with a blackish band along the flanks, bordered below by a distinct white stripe. Ventrally with yellow colour.
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Madagascar
Ambana, An’Ala, Andasibe, Andringitra (Sahavatoy river), Anjanaharibe-Sud, Ankeniheny, Ivohibe, Mananara, Marojejy, near Ifanadiana, Sahafary.
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Habits: Has only been found in primary forest and breeds in slow-moving stretches of forest brooks. Calling males were observed during the night. Males call from vegetation, 20-50 cm above the water in slow-moving portions of small streams.
Calls: A long pulsed chirping note and a rapid series of 5-6 short pulsed notes.
Eggs and tadpoles: Near the calling males at Andasibe, the remaining jelly of some clutches, probably belonging to this species, was still hanging from the vegetation over the brook (0.7 m above water).
Glaw, F. and Vences, M. (1994). Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar. M. Vences and F. Glaw Verlags GbR., Köln.
Glaw, F., and Vences, M. (2007). Field Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar. Third Edition. Vences and Glaw Verlag, Köln.
Written by Frank Glaw and Miguel Vences (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 2000-11-03
Edited by Kellie Whittaker (2010-07-19)
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