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A new frog of the genus Mantidactylus from the rainforests of north-eastern Madagascar, and its karyological af nities
 

Summary: A new frog of the genus Mantidactylus from the rainforests
of north-eastern Madagascar, and its karyological af nities
Franco Andreone1
, Gennaro Aprea2
, Miguel Vences3
, Gaetano Odierna2
1 Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali, Sezione di Zoologia, Via G. Giolitti, 36, 10123 Torino, Italy
e-mail: f.andreone@libero.it
2 Dipartimento di Biologia Evolutiva e Comparata, UniversitÓ di Napoli "Federico II", Via Mezzocannone, 8,
80134 Napoli, Italy
e-mail: gaetano.odierna@unina.it
3 Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics, Zoological Museum, Mauritskade 61, 1090 GT
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
e-mail: vences@science.uva.nl
Abstract. We describe a new species of the genus Mantidactylus found during eld inventories in the north-
eastern rainforests of Madagascar. Mantidactylus salegy sp. n. reaches a snout-vent length of 45-50 mm, has
evident dorsolateral ridges and whitish spots on the upper jaws (mainly in females). The vocal sacs in males are
distinctly visible and paired subgular, without strongly in atable areas recognizable between the blackish lateral
skin aps on the throat. This frog exhibits a mosaic of characters previously thought to be typical for either the
subgenera Gephyromantis or Phylacomantis. Therefore, it is a crucial discovery towards better understanding

  

Source: Andreone, Franco - Zoology Department, Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali di Torino
Vences, Miguel - Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics, Zoological Museum, Universiteit van Amsterdam

 

Collections: Biology and Medicine; Environmental Sciences and Ecology