AmphibiaWeb - Mantidactylus madecassus


(Translations may not be accurate.)

Mantidactylus madecassus (Millot & Guibé, 1950)

Subgenus: Brygoomantis
family: Mantellidae
subfamily: Mantellinae
genus: Mantidactylus
Mantidactylus madecassus
© 2008 Miguel Vences and Frank Glaw (1 of 1)
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN Red List Status Account Endangered (EN)
National Status None
Regional Status None
conservation needs Access Conservation Needs Assessment Report .


Berkeley mapper logo

View distribution map in BerkeleyMapper.

M 27-30 mm, F 25-34 mm. A relatively small species with a very short snout and extended foot webbing: 1(0.25), 2i(0.75), 2e(0), 3i(1), 3e(0.25), 4i(1.5), 4e(1.25), 5(0). Distinguished by its partly paired subarticular tubercles from M. pauliani. Both M. madecassus and M. pauliani have a particular iris colour with a central darker part and an increasing number of small golden spots towards the edges.

Similar species: All other species of Brygoomantis are more or less similar, but the lack of vomerine teeth in M. madecassus is diagnostic.

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Madagascar

Berkeley mapper logo

View distribution map in BerkeleyMapper.
Andringitra (Cuvette Boby and other sites). It occurs between 1,500-2,500m asl in rocky streams in forest or above the tree line and in rocky landscapes (Vences and Glaw 2008).

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Habits: Exclusively in high-altitude streams above the tree line in the Andringitra massif.

Breeding takes place in slow-moving streams (Vences and Glaw 2008).

Trends and Threats
It occurs in Parc National d'Andringitra (Vences and Glaw 2008).

Possible reasons for amphibian decline

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

Taken with permission from Glaw and Vences (2007).


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 Glaw, M. (2008). Mantidactylus madecassus. In: IUCN 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 29 April 2009.

Originally submitted by: Miguel Vences and Frank Glaw (first posted 2000-11-30)
Edited by: Henry Zhu (2009-05-06)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2009 Mantidactylus madecassus <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Jul 18, 2024.

Feedback or comments about this page.


Citation: AmphibiaWeb. 2024. <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed 18 Jul 2024.

AmphibiaWeb's policy on data use.