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Mantella aurantiaca

26 July 2008 - Exotic Reserve Peyrieras, Madagascar

 

Golden Mantella / Gouden kikker (Mantella aurantiaca).

(Captive specimen in a reserve)

  

The Golden Mantella is a beautiful and delicate frog from the family Mantellidae. This family only exists on Madagascar and a neighbouring island (Mayotte). Unfortunately the Golden Mantella, that only lives on Madagascar, is Critically Endangered. If nothing happens it will soon become extinct (in the wild).

  

I was not lucky enough to encounter the Golden Mantella in the wild. Or maybe lucky enough: I do not want to disturbe it's habitat. The outlooks are grim. Their natural area is probably less than 10km2, its distribution is severely fragmented, and the extent of its forest habitat in east-central Madagascar is declining, and the number of mature individuals might also be declining through over-exploitation.

  

The chances that you will encounter a Golden Mantella in the wild are now extremely small. I've made my photos in a reserve, where some specimens were kept.

 

Click a link and you'll go to the page for that rank in the biological classification on Schaapmans' Wildlife Spotting.

 

Kingdom: Animalia; Animals /Dierenrijk

Phylum:Chordata; Vertebrates / Gewervelden

Class: Amphibia; Amphibians / Amfibieën

Order: Anura; Frogs / Kikkers

Suborder: Neobatrachia;

Family: Mantellidae; Mantellids / Mantelliden

Subfamily: Mantellinae;

Genus: Mantella; Mantellas / Mantella's

Species: Mantella aurantiaca; Golden Mantella / Gouden Kikker

  

26 July 2008 - Exotic Reserve Peyrieras, Madagascar

 

Golden Mantella / Gouden kikker (Mantella aurantiaca).

(Captive specimen in a reserve)

  

The Golden Mantella is a beautiful and delicate frog from the family Mantellidae. This family only exists on Madagascar and a neighbouring island (Mayotte). Unfortunately the Golden Mantella, that only lives on Madagascar, is Critically Endangered. If nothing happens it will soon become extinct (in the wild).

  

I was not lucky enough to encounter the Golden Mantella in the wild. Or maybe lucky enough: I do not want to disturbe it's habitat. The outlooks are grim. Their natural area is probably less than 10km2, its distribution is severely fragmented, and the extent of its forest habitat in east-central Madagascar is declining, and the number of mature individuals might also be declining through over-exploitation.

  

The chances that you will encounter a Golden Mantella in the wild are now extremely small. I've made my photos in a reserve, where some specimens were kept.

 

Click a link and you'll go to the page for that rank in the biological classification on Schaapmans' Wildlife Spotting.

 

Kingdom: Animalia; Animals /Dierenrijk

Phylum:Chordata; Vertebrates / Gewervelden

Class: Amphibia; Amphibians / Amfibieën

Order: Anura; Frogs / Kikkers

Suborder: Neobatrachia;

Family: Mantellidae; Mantellids / Mantelliden

Subfamily: Mantellinae;

Genus: Mantella; Mantellas / Mantella's

Species: Mantella aurantiaca; Golden Mantella / Gouden Kikker

  

26 July 2008 - Exotic Reserve Peyrieras, Madagascar

 

Golden Mantella / Gouden kikker (Mantella aurantiaca).

(Captive specimen in a reserve)

  

The Golden Mantella is a beautiful and delicate frog from the family Mantellidae. This family only exists on Madagascar and a neighbouring island (Mayotte). Unfortunately the Golden Mantella, that only lives on Madagascar, is Critically Endangered. If nothing happens it will soon become extinct (in the wild).

  

I was not lucky enough to encounter the Golden Mantella in the wild. Or maybe lucky enough: I do not want to disturbe it's habitat. The outlooks are grim. Their natural area is probably less than 10km2, its distribution is severely fragmented, and the extent of its forest habitat in east-central Madagascar is declining, and the number of mature individuals might also be declining through over-exploitation.

  

The chances that you will encounter a Golden Mantella in the wild are now extremely small. I've made my photos in a reserve, where some specimens were kept.

 

Click a link and you'll go to the page for that rank in the biological classification on Schaapmans' Wildlife Spotting.

 

Kingdom: Animalia; Animals /Dierenrijk

Phylum:Chordata; Vertebrates / Gewervelden

Class: Amphibia; Amphibians / Amfibieën

Order: Anura; Frogs / Kikkers

Suborder: Neobatrachia;

Family: Mantellidae; Mantellids / Mantelliden

Subfamily: Mantellinae;

Genus: Mantella; Mantellas / Mantella's

Species: Mantella aurantiaca; Golden Mantella / Gouden Kikker

  

Parc zoologique de Paris 28.08.2015 IMG_0084

Golden mantella frogs are native to Madagascar. They belong to a group (Mantellinae) that is strikingly convergent with the dart-poison frogs of Central and South America (Dendrobatidae). That is, they aren't closely related to Dendrobatids, but have independently evolved alkaloids in their skin that are distasteful or toxic to predators, and similarly display bright colors as a warning. For more information, see Encyclopedia of Life.

The orange frog from of the Deep (usually found in a small area of Madagascar) that is critically endangered.

Golden Mantella

Nomenclature: Mantella aurantiaca

IUCN Red List: Critically Endangered

Country of Origin: Eastern-central Madagascar.

 

Information: This species is 1 of 16 species in the Mantella genus all of which use Aposematism as a defence mechanism. Aposematism basically derives from the Greek words that mean "Warning Colours" a defence which has made another family of frogs famous, the Dendrobatidae family (Poison Dart Frogs). Like the rest of the Mantella genus, it is completely terrestrial and is not a fantastic swimmer, but will be found in and around swampy areas where it will also remain to breed.

 

It is one of the most endangered out of the entire genus and can only be found in a few select places in Eastern-central Madagascar, in the Torotorofotsy and the Andromena Forest regions. However, even though it is one of the rarest and most at risk of extinction, it is also one of the most over bred species in captivity being both popular in Zoological collections and the Private Pet Trade.

 

© 2013 - Josh Ralph (These are copyrighted photographs, please ask permission before using)

MADAGASCAR, NEAR MORAMANGA, MANDRAKA, FROG, (Mantella aurantiaca)

Golden mantella (Mantella aurantiaca). Acquario di Genova

Male golden Mantella frog [Mantella aurantiaca] - Critically Endangered - and confined to a handful of areas in eastern Madagascar.

Golden Mantella

Nomenclature: Mantella aurantiaca

IUCN Red List: Critically Endangered

Country of Origin: Eastern-central Madagascar.

 

Information: This species is 1 of 16 species in the Mantella genus all of which use Aposematism as a defence mechanism. Aposematism basically derives from the Greek words that mean "Warning Colours" a defence which has made another family of frogs famous, the Dendrobatidae family (Poison Dart Frogs). Like the rest of the Mantella genus, it is completely terrestrial and is not a fantastic swimmer, but will be found in and around swampy areas where it will also remain to breed.

 

It is one of the most endangered out of the entire genus and can only be found in a few select places in Eastern-central Madagascar, in the Torotorofotsy and the Andromena Forest regions. However, even though it is one of the rarest and most at risk of extinction, it is also one of the most over bred species in captivity being both popular in Zoological collections and the Private Pet Trade.

 

© 2013 - Josh Ralph (These are copyrighted photographs, please ask permission before using)

The orange frog from the Deep (usually found in a small area of Madagascar) that is critically endangered.

Golden Mantella Frog (Mantella aurantiaca) at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, DC.

Réserve Peyrieras, Moramanga, MADAGASCAR

 

Scanned Slide from 1998

Mantella aurantiaca

Madagascar

Golden mantella (Mantella aurantiaca) in Rainforests of the World exhibit, California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA

These beautiful frogs from Madagascar, and fun fact from the zoo: a group of mantellas is called an army!

MADAGASCAR, NEAR MORAMANGA, MANDRAKA, FROG, (Mantella aurantiaca)

Mantella aurantiaca

 

Common name: golden mantella

www.zooantwerpen.be

 

This species has a very restricted distribution in east-central Madagascar, centred on the Torotorofotsy area (c. 7km north-west of Andasibe) and the Andromena Forest at the Samarirana River. Several other small forest fragments north and south of Moramanga are populated by the species as well. Its recorded altitudinal range is 920-960 m asl.

www.iucnredlist.org/apps/redlist/details/12776/0

Golden Mantella - Mantella aurantiaca (Mocquard, 1900) [more of this species]

   

Date: November 10, 2012

Location: London Zoo [more at this location]

Country: United Kingdom

 

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Golden mantella (Mantella aurantiaca) a Critically Endangered frog species protected within the Mangabe Reserve. The frog's entire range is less than 35 square miles in size.

 

Photo by Robin Moore

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