Mantella madagascariensis


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Mantella madagascariensis
Species Authority: (Grandidier, 1872)
Common Name/s:
English Madagascan Mantella
Taxonomic Notes: This species is closely related to Mantella pulchra (F. Glaw pers. comm.).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2008-01-01
Assessor/s: Franco Andreone, Frank Glaw
Reviewer/s: Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson and Neil Cox)
Listed as Vulnerable because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 20,000 km2, its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its forest habitat in eastern Madagascar.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs in east-central Madagascar from near Niagarakely, south to Ranomafana. It has been recorded from 700-1,050m asl.
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Population [top]

Population: It is uncommonly encountered, but large numbers have been recorded in trade.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is a terrestrial species, living in forest and forest edge, in particular along streams. The eggs are laid on land, and the larvae develop in streams.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Its forest habitat is receding due to subsistence agriculture (including livestock grazing), timber extraction, charcoal manufacture, the spread of invasive eucalyptus, and expanding human settlements. It is also possible that over-collecting for commercial and private purposes poses a threat, but this requires further investigation.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Its presence is not confirmed in any protected areas, but it occurs close to Parc National de Ranomafana. There is a need for careful regulation of the trade in this species. It is listed on CITES Appendix II.
Citation: Franco Andreone, Frank Glaw 2004. Mantella madagascariensis. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <>. Downloaded on 20 April 2014.
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