Guibemantis timidus

Subgenus: Guibemantis
family: Mantellidae
subfamily: Mantellinae
Species Description: Vences M, Glaw F 2005 A new species of Mantidactylus from the east coast of Madagascar and its molecular phylogenetic relationships within the subgenus Guibemantis. Herpetological Journal 15;37-41

© 2008 Miguel Vences and Frank Glaw (1 of 6)

  hear call (159.7K MP3 file)

  hear Fonozoo call (#1)
  hear Fonozoo call (#2)

[call details here]

Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Least Concern (LC)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None



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M 34-55 mm, F 44 mm. Morphologically similar to G. tornieri, but differs by its shorter hand length (ratio HAL/SVL 0.26-0.30 vs. 0.32-0.35). Often a light bar between the eyes (Glaw and Vences 2007).

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Madagascar


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Lowlands of eastern Madagascar (Foulpointe, near Ifanadiana, near Toamasina, Voloina) and the offshore island of Nosy Boraha (Ile Saint Marie) (Glaw and Vences 2007). Found in in heavily degraded forest and secondary vegetation at some distance from primary forest (Vences and Andreone 2006).

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
An arboreal species found on leaves 1-3 meters above the ground. Eggs are green. Attaches transparent jelly egg clutches to leaves over temporary or permanent pools (Vences and Andreone 2006).

Habits: Males call from the vegetation over swamps in degraded and secondary vegetation. Clutches of greenish eggs are deposited on vertical leaves overhanging the water (Glaw and Vences 2007).

Calls: A single note composed of pulses. Often very timid calling behaviour (Glaw and Vences 2007).

Trends and Threats
Locally abundant. This species is not yet known from any protected areas. However, it can tolerate habitat disturbance. Thus there are no known threats yet (Vences and Andreone 2006).

Taken with permission from Glaw and Vences (2007) and Vences and Andreone (2006).


Glaw, F., and Vences, M. (2007). Field Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar. Third Edition. Vences and Glaw Verlag, Köln.

Vences, M. and Andreone, F. (2006). Guibemantis timidus. 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 2009-03-31
Edited by Kellie Whittaker (2009-04-07)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2009 Guibemantis timidus <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Aug 5, 2020.

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