AmphibiaWeb - Platypelis alticola
Platypelis alticola
family: Microhylidae
subfamily: Cophylinae
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Endangered (EN)
National Status None
Regional Status None



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A medium-sized, probably arboreal microhylid. Only the holotype (38 mm) is known. Colour in life unknown. In preservative, the back is uniformly brownish coloured, lighter on the venter. Skin on the back smooth. Nostrils slightly nearer to tip of snout than to eye. Tympanum rather indistinct, about 1/3 of eye diameter. Tibiotarsal articulation reaches the insertion of the arm. Toe 5 as long as toe 3. Hands without webbing; feet with a trace of webbing. [97]

Similar species: Other Platypelis and Cophyla species have longer hindlimbs. Anodonthyla can be distinguished by the characteristic shape of the male's prepollex.

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Madagascar


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TT Tsaratanana mountains.

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Habits, call, eggs and tadpoles: Unknown.

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 (2003-02-25)

Edited by: Chih Wang and Tate Tunstall (2010-07-18)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2010 Platypelis alticola <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Apr 13, 2021.

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