Mantella laevigata 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Mantellidae

Scientific Name: Mantella laevigata
Species Authority: Methuen & Hewitt, 1913
Common Name(s):
English Folohy Golden Frog, Arboreal Mantella, Climbing Mantella, Green-backed Mantella
Taxonomic Source(s): Frost, D.R. 2015. Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0. New York, USA. Available at:

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-01-01
Assessor(s): Andreone, F. & Glaw, F.
Reviewer(s): Stuart, S.N., Chanson, J.S. & Cox, N.A.
Listed as Near Threatened because its Extent of Occurrence is probably not much greater than 20,000 km2, and the extent and quality of its habitat are probably declining, thus making the species close to qualifying for Vulnerable.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2004 Near Threatened (NT)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is relatively widely distributed in north-eastern Madagascar, from Marojejy south to Folohy (where its habitat has been degraded), and occurs from 0-600m asl. It is known from more than five localities and probably occurs at more sites than are currently known.
Countries occurrence:
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Population [top]

Population: It is locally abundant.
Current Population Trend: Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This is a rainforest species, which is often particularly abundant in bamboo forest and other types of forest with abundant tree holes (in which it breeds). It is primarily terrestrial but also climbs on low vegetation.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Its forest habitat is receding due to subsistence agriculture, timber extraction, charcoal manufacture, invasive spread of eucalyptus, livestock grazing and expanding human settlements. It is traded in low numbers for the international pet trade, but not at a level that is likely to constitute a threat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species occurs in several protected areas, and is also maintained and bred in several facilities outside Madagascar. It is listed on CITES Appendix II.

Citation: Andreone, F. & Glaw, F. 2008. Mantella laevigata. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T57445A11640461. . Downloaded on 26 November 2015.
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