Mantidactylus zolitschka

Subgenus: Ochthomantis
family: Mantellidae
subfamily: Mantellinae
Species Description: Glaw Vences 2004 Spixiana

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



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M 29-31 mm, F 34-38 mm. Hand without webbing, foot webbing 1(1), 2i(1.25), 2e(1), 3i(1.5), 3e(1), 4i/e(2), 5(1). Similar to M. femoralis, which can occur syntopically, but smaller, especially in females (Glaw and Vences 2007).

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Madagascar


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This species is known only from An'Ala at 850 m asl in eastern Madagascar, although it might be more widely distributed. It lives in primary and degraded forest near streams (Vallan and Glaw 2008).

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors

Trends and Threats
This species has only recently been discovered, and more information is needed on its extent of occurrence, status and ecological requirements. It is not known from any protected areas. Serious deforestation due to timber harvesting is taking place at its only known locality. It is probably also being affected by forest loss due to agricultural encroachment and human settlement (Vallan and Glaw 2008).

Possible reasons for amphibian decline

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

Taken with permission from Glaw and Vences (2007) and Vallan and Glaw (2008).


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

Vallan, D. and Glaw, F. (2008). Mantidactylus zolitschka. In: IUCN 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 08 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 2009-04-08
Edited by Kellie Whittaker (2009-04-09)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2009 Mantidactylus zolitschka <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Sep 25, 2020.

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