AmphibiaWeb - Spinomantis phantasticus


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Spinomantis phantasticus (Glaw & Vences, 1997)
family: Mantellidae
subfamily: Mantellinae
genus: Spinomantis

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  hear call (55.2K MP3 file)

  hear Fonozoo call

[call details here]

Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN Red List Status Account Least Concern (LC)
National Status None
Regional Status None
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M 36-38 mm. A very conspicuous frog of a distinct green-brown dorsal patterning and large spines all over the body. Ventral side greenish, femoral glands greenish (Glaw and Vences 2007).

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Madagascar


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An'Ala, Andasibe, Anjanaharibe, Vohidrazana (Glaw and Vences 2007). It occurs between 500-1,200 m asl, along brooks in primary forest (Andreone and Glaw 2008).

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Habits: In rainforests, calling from elevated positions of 2-4 m in the vegetation along streams (Glaw and Vences 2007). Breeding takes place in streams (Andreone and Glaw 2008).

Calls: A series of 4-5 "metallic" double-click notes (Glaw and Vences 2007).

Trends and Threats
Locally abundant but seasonal. It occurs in three protected areas: the Réserve Spéciale d'Analamazaotra, and Masoala and Marojejy National Parks. It has not been found in degraded habitat (Andreone 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
Habitat fragmentation
Predators (natural or introduced)

Taken with permission from Glaw and Vences (2007).


Andreone, F. and Glaw, F. (2008). Spinomantis phantasticus. In: IUCN 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 29 April 2009.

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

Originally submitted by: Miguel Vences and Frank Glaw (first posted 2009-04-29)
Edited by: Kellie Whittaker (2009-05-01)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2009 Spinomantis phantasticus <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Apr 14, 2024.

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