Mantidactylus

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Mantidactylus
Mantidactylus guttulatus01.jpg
Mantidactylus guttulatus, the type species of Mantidactylus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Amphibia
Subclass: Lissamphibia
Order: Anura
Suborder: Neobatrachia
Family: Mantellidae
Subfamily: Mantellinae
Genus: Mantidactylus
Boulenger, 1895
Species

More than 30 species

Mantidactylus is a frog genus in the mantellid subfamily Mantellinae. This genus is restricted to Madagascar. The genus is divided into several subgenera that form monophyletic genetic clusters and are ecologically similar.

Taxonomy[edit]

Mantidactylus was erected by Boulenger in 1895 with the type species Rana guttulata.[1][2] For a long time the genus contained a wide variety of mostly terrestrial Madagascan frogs, that were divided into species groups[3] and/or subgenera. Several of these groups were subsequently erected to genus level: Blommersia, Boehmantis, Gephyromantis, Guibemantis, Spinomantis and Wakea.[4] Today, four subgenera remain within the genus Mantidactylus:

Species[edit]

New species of Mantidactylus are described at a rate of a few per year on average. The following list contains all described species as of 5 May 2016, arranged by subgenus:

  • Mantidactylus

References[edit]

  1. ^ Boulenger, George Albert (1895). "On a genus of frog peculiar to Madagascar". Annals and Magazine of Natural History, Series 6. 15: 450. 
  2. ^ Ahl, E. (1931). "Amphibia, Anura III, Polypedatidae". Das Tierreich. 55: 10. 
  3. ^ Blommers-Schlösser, R. M. A. (1979). "Biosystematics of the Malagasy frogs I. Mantellinae (Ranidae)". Beaufortia. 29: 1–77. 
  4. ^ Glaw, Frank; Vences, Miguel (2006). "Phylogeny and genus-level classification of mantellid frogs (Amphibia, Anura)". Organisms, Diversity & Evolution. 6 (2006): 236–253. doi:10.1016/j.ode.2005.12.001.