The type specimens from the Andringitra mountains have the following set of characteristic features: small size (males 15 mm, females 20 mm); vomerine teeth rudimentary or absent; lateral metatarsalia connected, and only a trace of webbing.
Own material: Males from Ankaratra measure 16 mm, males from Andringitra 15.5-17.0 mm. Femoral glands are indistinct. The colouration is typical: Three dark brown stripes on a light copper-brown back.
Similar species: See B. wittei.
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Madagascar
Andringitra (Ambalamarina, Ambalamarovandana, Andohariana), Ambatovory, Ambohitantely, Torotorofotsy, Manjakatompo, Mantasoa. Terra Typica Ambalamarovandana, Andringitra mountains, 1500 m altitude; mare Antorotorofotsy (near Andasibe); S of Moramanga; Manjakatompo; Ambalamarina; plateau at the base of Pic Boby. Observed at elevations from 900 to 1800 m.
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Habits: Calling males were found hidden under vegetation in sun-exposed swamps in January and February. The calls were heard between 15.00 h and 21.30 h.
Call (from Andringitra): The structure of the call is very similar to the call of B. grandisonae. Two different unharmonious note types exist. A long note (duration about 330-350 ms) is followed by a series of 4-8 click-note-pairs. Each note-pair (duration 35-40 ms) consists of one longer (ca. 20 ms) click followed by one shorter (ca. 10 ms) click. Intervals between note-pairs are ca. 30 ms, between both notes of one note pair ca. 15 ms. Frequency is between 3.6 and 4.8 kHz.
Calls from Manjakatompo and Ankeniheny are very similar. At Manjakatompo sometimes series of long notes (type 1) were emitted with a repetition rate 0.6/s. Such series could be triggered by play-back of conspecific calls, indicating a territorial function of this note type.
Eggs and tadpoles: Unknown.
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 2000-10-24
Edited by Kellie Whittaker (2010-07-19)
Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2010 Blommersia domerguei <http://amphibiaweb.org/species/4593> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Apr 26, 2019.
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