This website aims to inform and educate people about frogs of the genus Mantella. It is largely directed towards hobbyists who keep and breed mantella frogs. Any and all contributions in the form of photographs, articles, or other content for this website are appreciated. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to submit them.
The island of Madagascar sits isolated from the rest of the world 250 miles off the east coast of Africa. It is home to thousands of unique and fascinating plants and animals, the majority of which are found no where else on the planet. The genus Mantella is one of the 24 genera of amphibians that are endemic to Madagascar, and arguably contains some of the most beautiful frogs on the planet.
Mantella madagascariensis, Mantella milotympanum, Mantella laevigata
The bright contrasting colors of a few of species are what initially spark interest in mantella frogs for most people. Their gaudy colorful appearance easily rivals those of the more familiar Central and South American poison dart frogs (Dendrobatidae) and red-eyed tree frog (Agalychnis callidryas) . Although brown and black are fairly dominant colors of many mantella frogs, orange, yellow, red, green, and even blue are also present in the seventeen or so Mantella species.
Unfortunately, in Madagascar these colors are fading quickly. Ten species - over half the genus - are considered to be threatened with extinction according to the IUCN. Habitat destruction is the largest threat mantella frogs face, but collection of wild frogs for the pet trade has also significantly affected the populations of at least one species. The future for these endangered frogs, as well as that of hundreds of other plants and animals endemic to Madagascar, does not look good at the moment.
Last Update: October 14th, 2009