Wakea madinika
family: Mantellidae
subfamily: Mantellinae

© 2008 Miguel Vences and Frank Glaw (1 of 1)
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Data Deficient (DD)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None



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The smallest known mantellid species; M 11-13 mm, F 15-16 mm. Fourth finger shorter than second or of similar length. Skin on the back smooth. Dorsally light brown or reddish brown with a distinct border towards the grayish flanks. A white frenal stripe, much more distinct in females and sometimes continued along the entire flanks. A pair of larger blackish spots on the posterior portion of the back. Venter silvery with translucent shade, throat silvery in males (Glaw and Vences 2007).

Similar species: Blommersia are generally similar, but at least slightly larger and with different relative finger length (Glaw and Vences 2007).

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Madagascar


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Antsirasira (Glaw and Vences 2007). It occurs at 100 m asl in rainforest and temporary pond in a cacao plantation, living in leaf-litter (Andreone and Vences 2008).

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Habits: Captured in the vicinity of a small pond in a plantation of large trees and scattered cacao plants. Observed during day and night. One dissected female contained 28 yellowish eggs of 0.9 mm diameter (Glaw and Vences 2007).

Calls: Feeble chirps of one male were heard at night (Glaw and Vences 2007).

Trends and Threats
Locally abundant in the small area where it has been found. It is not known from any protected areas, although it can clearly tolerate altered habitat (Andreone and Vences 2008).

Possible reasons for amphibian decline

General habitat alteration and loss

Taken with permission from Glaw and Vences (2007).


Andreone, F. and Vences, M. (2008). Wakea madinika. In: IUCN 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 21 April 2009.

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

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 2009-04-21
Edited by Kellie Whittaker (2009-05-01)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2009 Wakea madinika <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Oct 24, 2020.

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