Golden Mantella

Mantella aurantiaca

The golden mantella (Mantella aurantiaca) is a small, terrestrial frog endemic to Madagascar. It has an extremely restricted distribution in three distinct areas centered on the town of Moramanga - Beparasy and Ambohibary Communes, Torotorofotsy Wetland northwest of Andasibe, and in the area of Ambakoana. Mantella aurantiaca is one of Madagascar's most threatened amphibian species due to its limited distribution in an area under tremendous anthropogenic pressure. It may also be threatened by over-collection for the pet trade.
Golden Mantella - side view, Pyreras Reserve, Madagascar A gorgeous yet severely threatened frog from Madagascar. 
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/85425/golden_mantella_pyreras_reserve_madagascar.html
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/85423/golden_mantella_-_front_view_pyreras_reserve_madagascar.html
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Appearance

As suggested by the name, the Golden Mantella has an aqua/chartruse dorsal surface. The ventral surface is yellow in females, and a lighter yellow in the males. The inside of the thigh occasionally exhibits bright red colouring. These frogs are small, reaching a size of 2.5 cm in length. The tympanum is visible, but small. Their brightly colored skin warns their predators that they are very poisonous.. There is also a red form.
Golden Mantella - front view, Pyreras Reserve, Madagascar A gorgeous yet severely threatened frog from Madagascar. 
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/85425/golden_mantella_pyreras_reserve_madagascar.html
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/85424/golden_mantella_-_side_view_pyreras_reserve_madagascar.html
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Behavior

The Golden Mantellas do not have a particular mating season; they will mate after rain and if enough food is available. The males will call in a concealed position near a water source. The call is a series of three clicks, repeated many times. Once the females is amplexed, they will move towards a suitable area, and lay eggs. They lay eggs on moist land, and the tadpoles are washed into water once they hatch.

The Golden Mantella is a small frog, and as such, is restricted to a diet of small invertebrates....hieroglyph snipped... They live at an altitude of about 900 m.
Golden Mantella, Pyreras Reserve, Madagascar A gorgeous yet severely threatened frog from Madagascar. 
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/85424/golden_mantella_-_side_view_pyreras_reserve_madagascar.html
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/85423/golden_mantella_-_front_view_pyreras_reserve_madagascar.html
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/85422/golden_mantella_-_top_view_pyreras_reserve_madagascar.html Africa,Geotagged,Golden Mantella,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Mantella aurantiaca,Pyreras Reserve,Winter,World

Habitat

The Golden Mantellas do not have a particular mating season; they will mate after rain and if enough food is available. The males will call in a concealed position near a water source. The call is a series of three clicks, repeated many times. Once the females is amplexed, they will move towards a suitable area, and lay eggs. They lay eggs on moist land, and the tadpoles are washed into water once they hatch.

The Golden Mantella is a small frog, and as such, is restricted to a diet of small invertebrates....hieroglyph snipped... They live at an altitude of about 900 m.

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Status: Critically endangered
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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionChordata
ClassAmphibia
OrderAnura
FamilyMantellidae
GenusMantella
SpeciesM. aurantiaca
Photographed in
Madagascar