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[Photo] Mantella aurantiaca (Golden Mantella), St. Louis Zoo, 2006, Robert Lawton http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Rklawton
The Golden Mantella (Mantella aurantiaca) is a small, terrestrial frog native to Madagascar.
As suggested by the name, the Golden Mantella has a yellow/gold dorsal surface. The ventral surface is yellow in females, and a lighter yellow in the males. The inside of the thigh occasionally exhibits bright red colouring. These frogs are small, reaching a size of 2.5 centimetres (1 in) in length. The tympanum is visible, but small.
Ecology and behavior
The Golden Mantellas do not have a particular mating season; they will mate after rain and if enough food is available. The males will call in a concealed position near a water source. The call is a series of three clicks, repeated many times. Once the females is amplexed, they will move towards a suitable area, and lay eggs. They lay eggs on moist land, and the tadpoles are washed into water once they hatch.
The Golden Mantella is a small frog, and as such, is restricted to a diet of small invertebrates.
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