Tsingymantis antitra
family: Mantellidae
subfamily: Mantellinae
Species Description: Glaw F, Hoegg , Vences M 2006 Discovery of a new basal relict lineage of Madagascan frogs and its implications for mantellid evolution. Zootaxa 1334: 27-43

© 2008 Miguel Vences and Frank Glaw (1 of 3)
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Endangered (EN)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None



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M 54 mm, F 55-64 mm. Tibiotarsal articulation reaches the eye. Hand without webbing, foot webbing 1(1), 2i(1), 2e(0.5), 3i(1.5), 3e(1), 4i(2.5), 4e (2), 5(1). Terminal discs of fingers and toes strongly enlarged. Dorsal skin smooth. Colour dorsally brown with more or less distinct olive or light brown patches and markings. Venter whitish with brown pigment on the limbs and throat. Males as far as known probably have no nuptial pads but also lack femoral glands (Glaw and Vences 2007).

Similar species: Due to its large size and unique habitat this species is unlikely to be mistaken with any other Malagasy frog (Glaw and Vences 2007).

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Madagascar


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Found in Ankarana (Glaw and Vences 2007). It occurs from 50-117 m asl in eroded "tsingy" limestone formations (Vences and Andreone 2008).

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Habits: Almost all specimens found so far were adult females, observed in the rainy season (January-March) active during the night on karstic limestone rocks or on the ground, often close to brooks or caves. Dissected females contained only small oocytes, indicating they were not in breeding condition (Glaw and Vences 2007).

Calls: Unknown (Glaw and Vences 2007).

Trends and Threats
Appears to be rare, as it is known from only four specimens plus one field observation. It occurs in one protected area, the Ankarana Special Reserve. Further research is needed to determine the extent of its distribution, and its ecological needs (Vences and Andreone 2008).

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.

Vences, M. and Andreone, F. (2008). Tsingymantis antitra. In: IUCN 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 22 April 2009.

Written by Miguel Vences and Frank Glaw (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 2009-04-22
Edited by Kellie Whittaker (2009-04-28)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2009 Tsingymantis antitra <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Aug 5, 2020.

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