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Stumpffia gimmeli Glaw & Vences, 1992
family: Microhylidae
subfamily: Cophylinae
genus: Stumpffia
Stumpffia gimmeli
© 2008 Miguel Vences and Frank Glaw (1 of 2)

sound file   hear call (287.1K MP3 file)
sound file   hear call (242.5K MP3 file)
sound file   hear call (242.5K MP3 file)

sound file   hear Fonozoo call

[call details here]

Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN Red List Status Account Least Concern (LC)
National Status None
Regional Status None
conservation needs Access Conservation Needs Assessment Report .


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A small terrestrial microhylid, males measure about 15 mm. Back in adults usually uniformly greyish. Young with two inverted V-shaped markings on the greyish back. If distinct, the tubercles on the back are whitish. Skin on the back is smooth, often with a few, rather large, tubercles. Tympanum rather indistinct, tympanum/eye ratio less than 1/2. Tibiotarsal articulation reaches the eye. Four fingers and 5 toes are present. There is no recognizable digital reduction. Males with a distinct, largely distensible, single subgular vocal sac.

Males called mainly in the evening, and also after sunset. Call consists of a single, chirping note, louder than in Stumpffia pygmaea. Calls are arranged in series, which last several minutes. Call duration is about 95-101 ms (mean 97 ms, n=10), intervals between the calls last 1375-2365 ms (mean 1670 ms, n=9), call repetition rate is about 45/min and frequency is 4.7 kHz. Calls from Montagne d'Ambre were similar.

Mainly S. tetradactyla (digital reduction!) and S. psologlossa (skin always smooth, different advertisement call). S. sp. from Sambava is very similar. S. tridactyla and S. pygmaea have shorter hindlimbs. S. grandis and S. roseifemoralis are larger.

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Madagascar

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Terra Typica: Benavony ; Ambanja ; Montagne d'Ambre.

Observed at elevations from sea level to about 900 m. They are usually found in the leaf litter of cacao plantations and in the primary forest.

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Eggs and tadpoles are 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.

Originally submitted by: Frank Glaw and Miguel Vences (first posted 2001-10-30)
Edited by: Rachna Tiwari and Joyce Gross (2010-07-19)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2010 Stumpffia gimmeli <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed May 30, 2024.

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