Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Mantellidae

Scientific Name: Mantella baroni
Species Authority: Boulenger, 1888
Common Name(s):
English Baron's Mantella, Variegated Golden Frog, Harlequin Mantella, Variegated Mantella
Phrynomantis maculatus Thominot, 1889
Taxonomic Source(s): Frost, D.R. 2013. Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 5.6 (9 January 2013). Electronic Database. American Museum of Natural History, New York, USA. Available at:
Taxonomic Notes: The southernmost populations are assigned to this species only tentatively. This species might include Mantella haraldmeieri (F. Glaw pers. comm.).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-01-01
Assessor(s): Nussbaum, R., Cadle, J. & Raxworthy, C.J.
Reviewer(s): Stuart, S.N., Chanson, J.S. & Cox, N.A.
Listed as Least Concern in view of its relatively wide distribution, tolerance of a degree of habitat modification, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2004 Least Concern (LC)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is broadly distributed in east-central Madagascar from Fierenana south to Andringitra, at 600-1,200m asl.
Countries occurrence:
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Population [top]

Population: It is a locally abundant species.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is a terrestrial species in rainforest. It has also been found outside forest in slash-and-burn areas, even at considerable distance from forest. It probably cannot tolerate complete opening up of the habitat. The eggs are laid on land, and the larvae are washed by rain into streams, where they develop.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Although somewhat adaptable, deforestation does affect it adversely. It is in the international pet trade, but this is unlikely to be a serious threat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: A carefully regulated trade is the best management option for this species. It occurs in the Ranomafana, Mantadia and Andringitra National Parks, and in the Pic Ivohibe Special Reserve. It is listed on CITES Appendix II.

Citation: Nussbaum, R., Cadle, J. & Raxworthy, C.J. 2008. Mantella baroni. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T57438A11639141. . Downloaded on 09 October 2015.
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