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Mantella aurantiaca

Mantella aurantiaca (Source)

Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Classis: Amphibia
Subclassis: Lissamphibia
Ordo: Anura
Subordo: Neobatrachia
Familia: Mantellidae
Subfamilia: Mantellinae
Genus: Mantella
Species: Mantella aurantiaca


Mantella aurantiaca Mocquard, 1900

Type locality: "forêt entre Beforana et Moramanga", Madagascar.

Lectotype: MNHNP 1899.412.


* Mantella aurantiaca Mocquard, 1900
* Mantella aurantiaca aurantiaca — Staniszewski, 1996
* Mantella aurantiaca rubra Staniszewski, 1996


* Mocquard, 1900, Bull. Soc. Philomath., Paris, Ser. 9, 2: 110.
* Staniszewski, 1996, Reptilian, 4: 24.
* Frost, Darrel R. 2007. Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 5.1 (10 October, 2007). Electronic Database accessible at [1] American Museum of Natural History, New York, USA. Mantella aurantiaca . Accessed on 08 June 2008.
* 2007 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species IUCN link: Mantella aurantiaca (Critically Endangered) Downloaded on 08 June 2008.

Vernacular names
English: Malagasy Golden Frog
Español: Ranita dorada de madagascar
Français: Mantelle dor�e


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.[1]. 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.[1]

The Golden Mantella is a small frog, and as such, is restricted to a diet of small invertebrates.[1] They live at an altitude of about 900 m.

As a pet

It is kept as a pet.


1. ^ a b c "Golden Mantella". Archived from the original on 2006-05-14. http://web.archive.org/web/20060514124741/http://www.eriezoo.org/golden_mantella.htm. Retrieved 2006-06-04.

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