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Malagasy Golden Mantella (Mantella aurantiaca)

By MantellaMan
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.

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Tags: Frog Madagascar Pets and captive animals Wildlife and nature Close-upandmacro

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25 Mar 2014 8:53PM
Amazing photo! I love the vibrancy and the detail you've picked up on the Mantella's skin.
Well done Smile

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