AmphibiaWeb - Spinomantis guibei


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Spinomantis guibei (Blommers-Schlösser, 1991)
family: Mantellidae
subfamily: Mantellinae
genus: Spinomantis
Spinomantis guibei
© 2008 Miguel Vences and Frank Glaw (1 of 1)

sound file   hear call (277.5K MP3 file)

sound file   hear Fonozoo call

[call details here]

Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN Red List Status Account Vulnerable (VU)
National Status None
Regional Status None
conservation needs Access Conservation Needs Assessment Report .


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A medium-sized frog; males 29-35 mm, females 36-40 mm. Colour in life unknown. In preservative, back brownish with large longitudinal black markings. Lower side of the legs and venter white, with distinct black markings. Throat dark, with irregular white spots forming a white median stripe. Skin smooth. Nostrils slightly nearer to tip of snout than to eye. Tympanum distinct, about 1/2-2/3 of eye diameter. Tibiotarsal articulation reaches at least the eye. Lateral metatarsalia connected. Hand without webbing; webbing of the foot 1(1.5), 2i(2), 2e(1), 3i/e(2), 4i(3), 4e(2.5), 5(1). Fingers with well developed terminal disks. Femoral glands clearly visible in males. A very distinctive colouration with green-brown longitudinal bands and markings on the dorsum.

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Madagascar

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Andohahela, Chaines Anosyennes. It occurs between 1,200-1,800m asl among rock outcrops in montane rainforest (Raxworthy and Cadle 2008).

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Habits: Males call during the day from the ground along streams, in rainforest at relatively high elevations.

Calls: A fast series of short melodious click notes.

Trends and Threats
Endangered: extent of occurrence is less than 5,000 km2, its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat. It occurs in Parc National d'Andohahela and the Réserve Spéciale de Kalambatritra (Raxworthy and Cadle 2008).

Possible reasons for amphibian decline

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

Raxworthy, C. and Cadle, J. (2008). Spinomantis guibei. In: IUCN 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. . Downloaded on 05 May 2009.

Originally submitted by: Miguel Vences and Frank Glaw (first posted 2000-11-27)
Edited by: Henry Zhu (2009-05-05)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2009 Spinomantis guibei <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Jul 21, 2024.

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