Family Friday

Mantellidae

Species: 213
Subfamilies: 3 – Boophinae (1 genera, 77 species), Laliostominae (2 genera, 7 species), Mantellinae (9 genera, 128 species)
Genera: 12
Boophinae: Boophis (77)
Laliostominae: Aglyptodactylus (6) and Laliostoma (1)
Mantellinae: Blommersia (10), Boehmantis (1), Gephyromantis (42), Guibemantis (15), Mantella (16), Mantidactylus (31), Spinomantis (12), Tsingymantis (1), and Wakea (1).

Mantellidae is a family of frogs only found on Madagascar and a few smaller islands. Most Mantellids are terrestrial but there are some that are aquatic, arboreal, and partially fossorial .

The species in the genus Boophis have common tree frog traits. They live an arboreal life style. They are found in Madagascar and Mayotte Island. Their skin can be somewhat see thru like the glass frogs which gave them the nickname the Skeleton Frogs.

The genus Aglyptodactylus is known as the Madagascar jumping frogs. They are found only in Madagascar.

The genus Laliostoma only has one known species, the Madagascar Bullfrog (Laliostoma labrosum).

The genus Boehmantis only has one species: Angel’s Madagascar Frog (Boehmantis microtympanum). The species is named after it’s discoverer Fernand Angel.

The genus Mantella is the namesake of the family. Most of the species that people know are from this genus.

The genus Tsingymantis has only one species Tsingymantis antitra.

The genus Wakea only has one species in it, the Wakea madinika. Its the smallest species of the whole family.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s