Mantella baroni Boulenger, 1888

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Mantellidae > Subfamily: Mantellinae > Genus: Mantella > Species: Mantella baroni

Mantella baroni Boulenger, 1888, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 6, 1: 106. Holotype: BMNH 1947.2.7.19 (formerly 84.12.22.50) according to Vences, Glaw, and Böhme, 1999, Alytes, 17: 23. Type locality: "Madagascar".

Phrynomantis maculatus Thominot, 1889, Bull. Soc. Philomath., Paris, Ser. 8, 1: 27. Syntypes: MNHNP (4 specimens) according to the original publication; MNHNP 6807a-d (4 specimens) according to Guibé, 1950 "1948", Cat. Types Amph. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat.: 33. MNHNP 1991.2854 (formerly 6807a) designated lectotype by Glaw and Vences, 1994, Fieldguide Amph. Rept. Madagascar, Ed. 2: 403. Type locality: "l'ile de la Réunion"; rendered as "Nosy Komba (dubious)" by Glaw and Vences, 1992, Fieldguide Amph. Rept. Madagascar: 279. Synonymy (with Mantella cowanii) by Guibé, 1964, Senckenb. Biol., 45: 259-264; Guibé, 1978, Bonn. Zool. Monogr., 11: 83. Synonymy with Mantella baroni as by Boulenger, 1890, Zool. Rec., 26: 21; (with Mantella baroni as Mantella madagascariensis) Glaw and Vences, 1994, Fieldguide Amph. Rept. Madagascar, Ed. 2: 403.

English Names

Baron's Mantella (Staniszewski, 2001, Mantellas: 154).

Harlequin Mantella (Staniszewski, 2001, Mantellas: 154).

Variegated Mantella (Staniszewski, 2001, Mantellas: 154).

Variegated Golden Frog (Staniszewski, 2001, Mantellas: 154).

Distribution

East-central Madagascar.

Comment

See Vences, Glaw, and Böhme, 1999, Alytes, 17: 3-72, for discussion of confusion surrounding type allocation and nomenclature. Removed from the synonymy of Mantella cowanii by Glaw and Vences, 1994, Fieldguide Amph. Rept. Madagascar, Ed. 2: 403 (as Mantella madagascariensis, a nomen dubium) where it had been placed by Methuen and Hewitt, 1913, Ann. Transvaal Mus., 4: 57. In the Mantella cowani group according to Vences, Glaw, and Böhme, 1999, Alytes, 17: 3-72, and Glaw and Vences, 2006, Organisms Divers. Evol., Electron. Suppl., 11(1): 2. Staniszewski, 2001, Mantellas: 154-158, provided an account. Rabemananjara, Chiari, Ramilijaona, and Vences, 2007, Frontiers Zool., 4: 1-10, suggested on the basis of molecular evidence that Mantella baroni is just a northern color morph of Mantella cowanii, but hesitated to formalize the taxonomic change. Glaw and Vences, 2007, Field Guide Amph. Rept. Madagascar, Ed. 3: 194-195, provided an account.

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