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Aglyptodactylus
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Aglyptodactylus madagascariensis
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Amphibia
Order Anura
Family Mantellidae
Laliostominae
Genus Aglyptodactylus

Aglyptodactylus or Madagascar jumping frogs, is a genus of frogs in the family Mantellidae. There are endemic to Madagascar. One species occurs in humid eastern Madagascar whereas two other species are found in the dryer western Madagascar.

Description

Aglyptodactylus are medium-sized frogs as adults, measuring 35–60 mm (1.4–2.4 in) in snout–vent length.

Tadpoles

All three Aglyptodactylus species have small, morphologically similar tadpoles that metamorphose at a size of 7–15 mm (0.28–0.59 in). However, they differ in their habitat, ranging from ephemeral pools (Aglyptodactylus laticeps) to river bed pools (Aglyptodactylus securifer) to stagnant pools (Aglyptodactylus madagascariensis). The tadpoles are detritivorous.

Species

There are three Aglyptodactylus species:

Aglyptodactylus laticeps (Glaw, Vences, Böhme, 1998)
Aglyptodactylus madagascariensis (Duméril, 1853)
Aglyptodactylus securifer (Glaw, Vences, Böhme, 1998)
A fourth, as yet undescribed species may exist in southern Madagascar.
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