AmphibiaWeb - Mantidactylus albofrenatus


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Mantidactylus albofrenatus (Müller, 1892)

Subgenus: Chonomantis
family: Mantellidae
subfamily: Mantellinae
genus: Mantidactylus
Mantidactylus albofrenatus
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sound file   hear call (92.8K MP3 file)

sound file   hear Fonozoo call

[call details here]

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


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M 19-23 mm, F 25-27 mm. Tibiotarsal articulation reaches at most the nostril. Fifth toe shorter than third toe. Femoral glands in males distinct and prominent. Frenal stripe distinct, well defined, continued until nostril. Ventrally with a dark throat with a median row of larger white spots (Glaw and Vences 2007).

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Madagascar

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This species, as recently redefined, is known only from two localities, Andasibe and An'Ala, at 850-900m asl (Glaw and Vences 2008).

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Habits: Found along small rainforest streams at mid-altitudes. Males call during the day from hidden positions on the ground in the immediate proximity of streams (Glaw and Vences 2007).

Calls: A rapid series of 31-36 short pulsed notes (Glaw and Vences 2007).

Trends and Threats
This species is listed as data deficient because of continuing uncertainties as to its extent of occurrence, status and ecological requirements. Though it occurs in the Réserve Spéciale d’Analamazaotra, its forest habitat is receding due to subsistence agriculture, timber extraction, charcoal manufacture, invasive spread of eucalyptus, livestock grazing and expanding human settlements (Glaw and Vences 2008).

Possible reasons for amphibian decline

General habitat alteration and loss
Habitat modification from deforestation, or logging related activities
Intensified agriculture or grazing
Subtle changes to necessary specialized habitat


Taken with permission from Glaw and Vences (2007, 2008).


Glaw, F. and Vences, M. (2008). Mantidactylus albofrenatus. In: IUCN 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 31 March 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 2000-11-21)
Edited by: Catherine Aguilar (2009-05-01)

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

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