Frog of the Week

Sambava Tomato Frog (Dyscophus guineti)

Sambava Tomato Frog
photo by TimVickers

Common Name: Sambava Tomato Frog or False Tomato Frog
Scientific Name: Dyscophus guineti
Family: Microhylidae
Locations: Madagascar
Male Size: 2.3 – 2.5 inches (60 – 65 mm)
Female Size 3.5 – 3.7 inches (90 – 95 mm)

The Sambava Tomato Frog lives in the eastern tropical rain forest of Madagascar. They live amongst the leaf litter on the ground and are close to slow moving streams in which they breed in. The females of the species are more bright red in color while the males are more yellow / orange.

Most of the Tomato Frogs in the pet trade are actually Sambava Tomato Frogs. There are really only a few differences between the species but the regular Tomato Frog  (Dyscophus antongilii) are more endangered than the false ones.

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List categorizes the frog as Least Concern for Extinction. They have a wide rage and a presumed large population. The main problem the frogs face is deforestation of the forests that they call home to make room for houses and farms.

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