Mantidactylus curtus (Boulenger, 1882)
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Similar species: All other species of Brygoomantis are more or less similar. See also similar species of M. ulcerosus.
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Madagascar
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Breeding takes place in streams (Vallan et al. 2008).
Trends and Threats
This species, originally described from “East Betsileo,” was long considered to occur throughout the central high plateau of Madagascar. Recent molecular data, and observation of apparent sympatry of more than one lineage superficially assignable to this species provides evidence that in reality it is a diverse complex of species to which also the high-altitude specialists M. madecassus and M. pauliani belong. Also M. ambohimitombi, a taxon of uncertain status, morphologically reminds a giant M. curtus and is not further considered here. The following description is valid for a general definition of the M. curtus complex, but detailed morphological characters of the various forms are at present unknown.
Glaw, F., and Vences, M. (2007). Field Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar. Third Edition. Vences and Glaw Verlag, Köln.
Vallan, D. Vences, M., and Nussbaum, R. (2008). Mantidactylus curtus. In: IUCN 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded on 29 April 2009.
Originally submitted by: Miguel Vences and Frank Glaw (first posted 2000-11-27)
Edited by: Henry Zhu (2009-05-06)
Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2009 Mantidactylus curtus <https://amphibiaweb.org/species/4590> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Mar 22, 2023.
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