Platypelis tsaratananaensis
family: Microhylidae
subfamily: Cophylinae

© 2004 Franco Andreone (1 of 1)
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 to medium-sized, probably arboreal microhylid. Three type specimens measure 26-28 mm. Colour in life unknown. In preservative, the back is uniformly brown coloured. The venter is whitish with small black spots. Skin on the back smooth. Nostrils nearer to tip of snout than to eye. Tympanum rather indistinct, about 1/3 of eye diameter. Tibiotarsal articulation reaches the tympanum. Toe 5 longer than toe 3. Hands without webbing; feet with scarcely developed webbing: 1(1), 2i(1.5), 2e(1), 3i(1.5), 3e(1), 4i/e(2), 5(1). Males with a single subgular vocal sac. [97]

Similar species: Other Platypelis and Cophyla species. Differences to Platypelis occultans are given in its section. 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 (bamboo forest, 2600 m altitude).

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 (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 2003-02-25
Edited by Chih Wang and Tate Tunstall (2010-07-18)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2010 Platypelis tsaratananaensis <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Oct 24, 2020.

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