Spinomantis phantasticus

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Spinomantis phantasticus
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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Mantellidae
Genus: Spinomantis
Species: S. phantasticus
Binomial name
Spinomantis phantasticus
(Glaw and Vences, 1997)

Mantidactylus (Spinomantis) phantasticus Glaw and Vences, 1997

Spinomantis phantasticus is a species of frog in the family Mantellidae. It is endemic to east-central and northeastern Madagascar.[1][2]


Spinomantis phantasticus males measure 36–38 mm (1.4–1.5 in) in snout–vent length. It is a very conspicuous species, portraying a distinct green-brown dorsal patterning and large spines all over the body. The ventral side as well as the femoral glands are greenish.[3]

The male advertisement call is a sequence of 4 or 5 "metallic" double-click notes.[3]

Habitat and conservation[edit]

Scpinomantis brunae occur along brooks in pristine forests at elevations of 500–1,200 m (1,600–3,900 ft) above sea level. It probably breeds in streams, as other species in the genus.[1] Males call from about 2–4 m above the ground in the vegetation along streams.[3]

This species is locally abundant. However, subsistence agriculture, timber extraction, charcoal manufacture, spread of invasive eucalyptus, livestock grazing, and expanding human settlements are threats to its habitat. It occurs in the Masoala and Marojejy National Parks.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group (2016). "Spinomantis phantasticus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2016: e.T57511A84175330. Retrieved 27 January 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Frost, Darrel R. (2016). "Spinomantis phantasticus (Glaw and Vences, 1997)". Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0. American Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 27 January 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c "Spinomantis phantasticus". AmphibiaWeb. University of California, Berkeley. 2009. Retrieved 27 January 2017.