Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Mantellidae

Scientific Name: Mantella betsileo
Species Authority: (Grandidier, 1872)
Common Name(s):
English Betsileo Golden Frog, Bronze Mantella, Brown Mantella
Dendrobates betsileo Grandidier, 1872
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: We follow Glaw and Vences (2006) and Rabemananjara et al. (2007) in treating populations from northeastern Madagascar and the Sambirano region of northwestern Madagascar, previously assigned to Mantella betsileo, as a separate species: Mantella ebenaui. Several populations resembling M. betsileo have been found in the drier regions of southwestern Madagascar, and are considered here to belong to this species. However, their taxonomic status requires further investigation, as they probably comprise one or two undescribed species (Rabemananjara et al. 2007).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-01-01
Assessor(s): Nussbaum, R., Vences, M. & Andreone, F.
Reviewer(s): Cox, N.A., Chanson, J.S. & Stuart, S.N.
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, tolerance of a broad range of habitats, 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 widely distributed in western and southwestern Madagascar, with recent records from Isalo and from the central plateau near Antsirabe. It ranges from sea level up to 900m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Upper elevation limit (metres): 925
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Population [top]

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

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It occurs in a variety of habitats including dry forest, savanna woodland, degraded habitats and in open areas. It is a terrestrial species. The eggs are laid on land near water, and the larvae develop in temporary and permanent pools, and sometimes in brooks.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It is an adaptable species, and there are few, if any, habitat-related threats, though it might be impacted by fires and by overgrazing by livestock. It is has been suggested that over collecting for commercial and private purposes is a threat, but it is only traded in low numbers.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in many protected areas. It is listed on CITES Appendix II.

Citation: Nussbaum, R., Vences, M. & Andreone, F. 2008. Mantella betsileo. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T57440A11639524. . Downloaded on 13 October 2015.
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