Guibemantis punctatus

Subgenus: Pandanusicola
family: Mantellidae
subfamily: Mantellinae

© 2008 Miguel Vences and Frank Glaw (1 of 2)
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Critically Endangered (CR)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None



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A small arboreal frog; males 23-25 mm, one female 27 mm. Dorsum olive green to light brown with small dark punctuations. A brownish line from the nostrils to the eye, the supratympanic fold is also brown. Ventral surface light. Skin smooth. Nostrils slightly nearer to tip of snout than to eye. Tympanum distinct, about 1/2 of eye size, smaller in specimens from Tolagnaro. Tibiotarsal articulation reaches the eye. Lateral metatarsalia connected. Webbing of the hand rudimentary; webbing of the foot 1(1), 2i(2), 2e(1), 3i(2.5), 3e(1), 4i/e(3), 5(1). Males with distinct, sometimes blackish, oblong femoral glands.

Similar species: Other species of the subgenus Pandanusicola differ by the diameter of tympanum and/or colouration. M. liber has larger hands and feet.

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Madagascar


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Tampoketsa d’Ankazobe, Ambohitantely. It occurs between sea level and 1,500m asl (Nussbaum et al. 2008).

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Habits: Lives in Pandanus leaf axils.

Call: Unknown.

Eggs and tadpoles (from the terra typica): Eggs unknown. Tadpoles live in water-filled leaf axils of Pandanus. They are mainly brownish, with the anterior part of the body appearing reddish. The body is extremely depressed, eyes are situated dorsally, and the mouth is small and directed downwards. At midlength of the tail, the caudal musculature represents about 1/2 of total tail height. Total length in stage 25: 19-25 mm; in stages 26-30: 27-40 mm. Metamorphosing young measure 12-14 mm and resemble the adults.

Trends and Threats
It occurs in Parc National de Marojejy and the Réserve Spéciale d’Anjanaharibe-Sud (Nussbaum et al. 2008).

Possible reasons for amphibian decline

General habitat alteration and loss
Habitat modification from deforestation, or logging related activities
Intensified agriculture or grazing
Habitat fragmentation

Taken with permission from Glaw and Vences (2007).


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.

Nussbaum, R. Vallan, D., and Raxworthy, C. (2008). Guibemantis punctatus. In: IUCN 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 01 April 2009.

Written by Miguel Vences and Frank Glaw (m.vences AT, 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 2000-11-30
Edited by Henry Zhu (2009-04-01)

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