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Mantidactylus guttulatus01.jpg
Mantidactylus guttulatus, the type species of Mantidactylus
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Mantellidae
Subfamily: Mantellinae
Genus: Mantidactylus
Boulenger, 1895

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.


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:


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


  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.