AmphibiaWeb - Mantidactylus delormei


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Mantidactylus delormei Angel, 1938

Subgenus: Chonomantis
family: Mantellidae
subfamily: Mantellinae
genus: Mantidactylus
Species Description: Angel, F. (1938). "Sur quelques Amphibiens de Madagascar; description d'un Mantidactylus nouveau." Bulletin du Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle. Paris. Serie 2, 10: 488–490.
Taxonomic Notes: Resurrected by: Glaw F, Vences M 2006 Phylogeny and genus-level classification of mantellid frogs (Amphibia, Anura). Organisms, Diversity and Evolution 6:236-253

© 2008 Miguel Vences and Frank Glaw (1 of 1)

  hear call (78.6K MP3 file)

  hear Fonozoo call

[call details here]

Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN Red List Status Account Endangered (EN)
National Status None
Regional Status None
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F 39 mm. Only recently resurrected from the synonymy of M. brevipalmatus which is closely related and morphologically very similar. M. delormei has a more distinct colour border between flanks and dorsum, and in general a more uniformly brownish colour with a dark median area on the dorsum, and a more yellowish colour on the ventral side (Glaw and Vences 2007).

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Madagascar


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Andringitra Massif, Imaitso forest; Maharira forest in Ranomafana National Park (Glaw and Vences 2007). Found at mid- to high-elevation, 1300-1800 m asl. Not found in more open forested habitat (Stuart et al. 2008).

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Habits: Along streams in forests of relatively high elevations. Unlike M. brevipalmatus, this species has not been found above the tree line although it occurs at Andringitra where such habitat is available. Males call during the day and at dusk from the ground along the streams (Glaw and Vences 2007). Stream-breeding (Stuart et al. 2008). Calls: A rapid series of short notes of slightly melodious appearance, similar to the call of M. brevipalmatus (Glaw and Vences 2007).

Trends and Threats
Rare and decreasing. It occurs in two protected areas, Andringitra National Park and Ranomafana National Park. It probably occurs outside those protected areas, making the major threat likely to be habitat loss due to deforestation (Stuart et al. 2008).

Possible reasons for amphibian decline

Habitat modification from deforestation, or logging related activities

Taken with permission from Glaw and Vences (2007).


Glaw, F., and Vences, M. (2007). Field Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar. Third Edition. Vences and Glaw Verlag, Köln.

Stuart, S., Hoffmann, M., Chanson, J., Cox, N., Berridge, R., Ramani, P., Young, B. (eds) (2008). Threatened Amphibians of the World. Lynx Edicions, IUCN, and Conservation International, Barcelona, Spain; Gland, Switzerland; and Arlington, Virginia, USA.

Originally submitted by: Miguel Vences and Frank Glaw (first posted 2009-04-08)
Edited by: Kellie Whittaker (2009-04-08)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2009 Mantidactylus delormei <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Sep 22, 2023.

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