Mantella aurantiaca (Source)
Mantella aurantiaca Mocquard, 1900
Type locality: "forêt entre Beforana et Moramanga", Madagascar.
Lectotype: MNHNP 1899.412.
* Mantella aurantiaca Mocquard, 1900
* Mocquard, 1900, Bull. Soc. Philomath., Paris, Ser. 9, 2: 110.
The Golden Mantella (Mantella aurantiaca) is a small, terrestrial frog endemic to Madagascar.
As suggested by the name, the Golden Mantella has an aqua/chartruse dorsal surface.[clarification needed] The ventral surface is yellow in females, and a lighter yellow in the males. The inside of the thigh occasionally exhibits bright red colouring. These frogs are small, reaching a size of 2.5 cm (1 in) in length. The tympanum is visible, but small. Their brightly colored skin warns their predators that they are very poisonous.. There is also a red form.
Ecology and behavior
The Golden Mantellas do not have a particular mating season; they will mate after rain and if enough food is available. The males will call in a concealed position near a water source. The call is a series of three clicks, repeated many times. Once the females is amplexed, they will move towards a suitable area, and lay eggs. They lay eggs on moist land, and the tadpoles are washed into water once they hatch.
The Golden Mantella is a small frog, and as such, is restricted to a diet of small invertebrates. They live at an altitude of about 900 m.
As a pet
It is kept as a pet.
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