Beautiful Mantella (Mantella pulchra)

Beautiful Mantella
Nomenclature: Mantella pulchra
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IUCN Red List: Vulnerable
Country of Origin: North-eastern 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 most 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 believed to be very closely related to the Mantella madagascarensis species.

It is classed as Vulnerable by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species and can only be found in North-eastern Madagascar, from a few localities covering a very small area including; Mananara-Nord, south to An'Ala. This species is (like most of Madagascar's Wildlife) mainly threatened by Habitat-loss through Agricultural expansion from Crop planting and livestock grazing land, Expansion of Human Settlements and Logging for Timber. It is believed to be mildly threatened by Collection for the Pet Trade, however this hasn't shown any signs of a lasting or drastic effect to their decline.

2013 - Joshua Ralph (These are copyrighted photographs, please ask permission before using)
  1. Beautiful Mantella  
(Mantella pulchra)
  2. Beautiful Mantella  
(Mantella pulchra)
  3. Beautiful Mantella 
Nomenclature: Mantella pulchra 
IUCN Red List: Vulnerable 
Country of Origin: North-eastern Madagascar. 
 
Information: This...
  4. Beautiful Mantella 
Nomenclature: Mantella pulchra 
IUCN Red List: Vulnerable 
Country of Origin: North-eastern Madagascar. 
 
Information: This...
  5. Beautiful Mantella 
Nomenclature: Mantella pulchra 
IUCN Red List: Vulnerable 
Country of Origin: North-eastern Madagascar. 
 
Information: This...
  6. Beautiful Mantella 
Nomenclature: Mantella pulchra 
IUCN Red List: Vulnerable 
Country of Origin: North-eastern Madagascar. 
 
Information: This...
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