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Malagasy Golden Mantella (Mantella aurantiaca)

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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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Camera:Nikon D3100 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 G VR
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:9 Jul 2013 - 8:30 PM
Focal Length:55mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Shutter Speed:1/60sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
Exposure Mode:Not Defined
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Auto, Fired, Return detected
White Balance:Auto
Title:Malagasy Golden Mantella (Mantella aurantiaca)
Username:MantellaMan MantellaMan
Uploaded:25 Mar 2014 - 8:43 PM
Tags:Close-up/macro, Frog, Madagascar, Pets / captive animals, Wildlife / nature
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25 Mar 2014 - 8:53 PM

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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