Madecassophryne truebae
family: Microhylidae
subfamily: Cophylinae
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Endangered (EN)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None



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A small-sized, ground dwelling microhylid with snout vent length 20-23 mm. Colour in life is unknown. Preserved specimens were dark in color. Hindlimbs with bands. Upper side of the limbs is yellowish while venter is whitish, with black spots on the throat. Sometimes the venter is entirely dark. Skin on the back is slightly granular, with large tubercles on the head. Nostrils are equidistant between the eye and the tip of the snout. Tympanum is rather indistinct, tympanum/eye ratio is 1/5. Tibiotarsal articulation reaches the eye. Toe 3 is longer than toe 5. A small inner metatarsal tubercle is present while outer metatarsal tubercle is absent. Males are found with a distinct single subgular vocal sac. The call is unknown.

Similar Species Species of Stumpffia are normally smaller and smooth on the back. Confusion is also possible with species of Plethodontohyla.

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Madagascar


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Terra Typica: Chaines Anosyennes.

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
An egg clutch was found in November near a male and female. It contained 18 eggs with a diameter of 4 mm. The gelatinous egg capsule measured 6 mm in diameter. Tadpoles are unknown.

See also reference #97. For references in the text, see here


Glaw, F. and Vences, M. (1994). Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar. M. Vences and F. Glaw Verlags GbR., Köln.

Written by Frank Glaw and Miguel Vences (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 2002-01-23
Edited by Meredith Mahoney and Rachna Tiwari (2010-07-18)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2010 Madecassophryne truebae <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Aug 13, 2020.

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