Anilany helenae

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Anilany helenae
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Microhylidae
Subfamily: Cophylinae
Genus: Anilany
Scherz, Vences, Rakotoarison, Andreone, Köhler, Glaw & Crottini, 2016[1]
Species: A. helenae
Binomial name
Anilany helenae
(Vallan, 2000)
  • Stumpffia helenae Vallan, 2000
  • Rhombophryne helenae (Vallan, 2000)

Anilany helenae is a species of frog in the microyhlid subfamily Cophylinae. It is the only species in the monotypic genus Anilany, and is endemic to central Madagascar.


This species was originally described by Denis Vallan in 2000 as a member of the genus Stumpffia.[2] It was transferred to the genus Rhombophryne by Peloso et al. in 2016 when they synonymised Stumpffia with that genus,[3] but was then moved to the newly erected genus Anilany by Scherz et al. due to its genetic relationships and because it differs significantly in aspects of its morphology (the shape of the vomer, clavicles, and terminal phalanges of the fingers and toes).[1]

Habitat and Ecology[edit]

Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist montane forests. It is threatened by habitat loss. It now occurs in a few strips of fragmented habitat near Ambohitantely in Madagascar.


  1. ^ a b Scherz, Mark D.; Vences, Miguel; Rakotoarison, Andolalao; Andreone, Franco; Köhler, Jörn; Glaw, Frank; Crottini, Angelica (2016). "Reconciling molecular phylogeny, morphological divergence and classification of Madagascan narrow-mouthed frogs (Amphibia: Microhylidae)". Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 100: 372–381. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2016.04.019. PMID 27085671. 
  2. ^ Vallan, D. (2000). "A new species of the genus Stumpffia (Amphibia: Anura: Microhylidae) from a small forest remnant of the central high plateau of Madagascar". Revue Suisse de Zoologie. 107: 835–841. doi:10.5962/bhl.part.80150. 
  3. ^ Peloso, P. L. V.; Frost, D. R.; Richards, S. J.; Rodrigues, M. T.; Donnellan, S.; Matsui, M.; Raxworhty, C. J.; Biju, S. D.; Lemmon, E. M.; Lemmon, A. R.; Wheeler, W. C. (2016). "The impact of anchored phylogenomics and taxon sampling on phylogenetic inference in narrow-mouthed frogs (Anura, Microhylidae)". Cladistics. 32: 113–140. doi:10.1111/cla.12118. 

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