Mantella crocea 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Mantellidae

Scientific Name: Mantella crocea
Species Authority: Pintak & Böhme, 1990
Common Name(s):
English Eastern Golden Frog, Eastern Mantella, Yellow Mantella
Taxonomic Source(s): Frost, D.R. 2015. Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0. New York, USA. Available at:
Taxonomic Notes: This species and Mantella milotympanum might be colour variants of the same species (M. Vences and F. Glaw pers. comm.). This species and Mantella crocea might represent colour variants of the same species (M. Vences and F. Glaw pers. comm.; Chiari et al. 2004). Populations with intermediate characteristics between Mantella crocea and M. milotympanum have been recorded from north of Fierenana, Andriabe, Savakoanina and the Zahamena reserve (Chiari et al. 2004).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(iii,v)+2ab(iii,v) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-01-01
Assessor(s): Vences, M. & Raxworthy, C.J.
Reviewer(s): Cox, N.A., Chanson, J.S. & Stuart, S.N.
Listed as Endangered because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 5,000 km2 and its Area of Occupancy is probably less than 500km2, it is known from a single location, and the extent of its forest habitat in east-central Madagascar is declining, and the number of mature individuals might also be declining through over-exploitation.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2004 Endangered (EN)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known from a few localities covering a very small area in east-central Madagascar: Ifoha west of Parc National de Mantadia; a forest area east of Ambohimanarivo; and outside the Réserve Naturelle Intégrale de Zahamena. Its recorded altitudinal range is 800-1,057m asl.
Countries occurrence:
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Population [top]

Population: It is locally common, but has a patchy occurrence.
Current Population Trend: Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is a terrestrial species of forest edge around swamps. It has been found in secondary forest, but not in open areas. Breeding is similar to other mantella species, with the eggs laid on the ground and the larvae developing in swamps.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The forest habitat of this species is receding due to subsistence agriculture, timber extraction, charcoal manufacture, the spread of invasive eucalyptus, livestock grazing, and expanding human settlements. It is also possible that over-collecting for commercial and private purposes is a threat, but this has not been demonstrated.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It has not been recorded from any protected areas, but is likely to occur in Parc National de Mantadia and the Réserve Naturelle Intégrale de Zahamena. A carefully regulated trade is required for this species. It is listed on CITES Appendix II.

Citation: Vences, M. & Raxworthy, C.J. 2008. Mantella crocea. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T57442A11639891. . Downloaded on 30 November 2015.
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