Guibemantis kathrinae

Subgenus: Guibemantis
family: Mantellidae
subfamily: Mantellinae
Species Description: Frank Glaw e-mail 4 Aug 07

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



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M 57-59 mm at the type locality, M 44 mm, F 46 mm in a population from Andapa. This species is morphologically similar to G. depressiceps. Individuals from the type locality, which occur sympatrically with G. depressiceps and G. tornieri, have a larger body size. Genetically, this species appears to be closely related to G. tornieri (Glaw and Vences 2007).

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Madagascar


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This species is found near An'Ala in eastern Madagascar, and Andapa in north-eastern Madagascar (Glaw and Vences 2007), from 500-840 m asl (Glaw and Vallan 2008). Its habitat is pristine rainforest or secondary bushland, along swampy streams (Glaw and Vallan 2008).

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Habits: Similar to G. depressiceps. White egg masses are a shared character only between these two species (G. kathrinae and G. depressiceps) (Glaw and Vences 2007). It breeds in pools and swamps close to streams (Glaw and Vallan 2008).

Calls: Series of 3-4 notes, each consisting of up to 7 pulses (Glaw and Vences 2007).

Trends and Threats
Locally abundant when breeding, but no long-term data exist on population trends. This species may occur in one protected area, the Parc National de Marojejy (Glaw and Vallan 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

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


Glaw, F. and Vallan, D. (2008). Guibemantis kathrinae. In: IUCN 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 01 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 2009-03-31
Edited by Kellie Whittaker (2009-04-07)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2009 Guibemantis kathrinae <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Sep 29, 2020.

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