Author: Klaus Busse

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The colour morphs of preserved material as well as of live specimens of the Malgasy frog genus Mantella are described. The discussion of their variability shows that two of the names accepted by GUIBE (1964,1978) are synonyms of the oldest name available, a third, synonymized by him (op. cit.) is revalidated. The proposed taxonomic changes are: Mantella cowani (part., sensu GUIBÉ)=M. laevigata ; M. cowani (part.) and M. pulchra (sensu GUIBÉ) = M. madagascariensis. The latter is divided into three subspecies, one of which is described as M. madagascariensis haraldmeierissp. n. An identification key to all taxa of the genus Mantella is presented.

In: Amphibia-Reptilia
Author: Klaus Busse

Abstract

As only little is known about the Leptodactylid frog Telmatobius montanus from the Andean range of Santiago de Chile, it has been tried to gather more information about this species. Additional data about the external morphology and its variation are presented as well as photographs oflive and preserved adults. The tadpole is also described, using both live and preserved material. The frog is mainly aquatic, having some adaptations to this environment like an increased skin surface by means of folds that are however not so well developed as in some other members of this genus. The larva, adapted to a mountain stream habitat, has a large mouth and a depressed body. Some general aspects of the behaviour of larvae and adults, in the field and in captivity, are documented. Like in various other Telmatobiinae the larval stage lasts long. Adults eat small water insects, mostly at larval stage, and worms. The tadpole feeds on algae and detritus. Adults sometimes have parasitic mites within their skin, especially in somewhat polluted waters. It is possible that the species was restricted to its present range by means of the introduction of salmonids in the andean streams.

In: Amphibia-Reptilia

Abstract

The synonymization of Mantella madagascariensis haraldmeieri Busse, 1981 with M. cowani Boulenger, 1882 by Blommers-Schlösser and Blanc (1991) is unjustified. Re-examination of the type material and descriptions demonstrates the specific distinctness of both, regardless the possibility that cowani and other nominal taxa commonly considered as synonyms of M. madagascariensis are actually taxonomically distinct from the latter.

In: Amphibia-Reptilia
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