Mantidactylus guttulatus, the type species of Mantidactylus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Amphibia
Subclass: Lissamphibia
Order: Anura
Suborder: Neobatrachia
Family: Mantellidae
Subfamily: Mantellinae
Genus: Mantidactylus
Boulenger, 1895

Presently more than 80, see text (but see also "Synonyms" below)


Blommersia Dubois, 1992
Boehmantis Glaw & Vences, 2006
Gephyromantis Methuen, 1920
Guibemantis Dubois, 1992
Spinomantis Dubois, 1992
Wakea Glaw & Vences, 2006
(but see text)

Mantidactylus is a frog genus in the family Mantellidae. These frogs live only in Madagascar and Mayotte.[1] These frogs are usually less brightly colored than their relatives in Mantella.

In recent works, Blommersia, Boehmantis, Gephyromantis, Guibemantis, Spinomantis and Wakea are often separated from Mantidactylus.


Mantidactylus peraccae, one of the species now often placed in Spinomantis

New species continue to be described at a rate of a few per year on average. Recently-described species are often not formally placed in Mantidactylus; this may eventually be done but until then, names like "Mantidactylus azzurrae" for example are nomina nuda and must not be used.

Recently-described species not placed in Mantidactylus:

  • Gephyromantis azzurrae Mercurio & Andreone, 2007


  1. ^ a b Bora, P., Ramilijaona, O., Raminosoa, N., & Vences, M. (2011). "A new species of Mantidactylus (subgenus Chonomatnis) from Ranomafana National Park, eastern Madagascar (Amphibia, Anura, Mantellida)." Zootaxa 2772: 52-60.