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Descriptions and biological notes on three unusual mantellid tadpoles (Amphibia: Anura: Mantellidae) from southeastern Madagascar

Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington

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Abstract

The morphologies of three unusual tadpoles from slow-flowing, sandy-bottomed, rain forest streams in southeastern Madagascar are described. The large oral apparatus of the tadpole of Boophis picturatus Glaw, Vences, Andreone, and Vallan, 2001 lacks all keratinized structures and has an elaborately-folded lower labium with five, radially oriented, flattopped ridges. The tadpole of Mantidactylus guttulatus (Boulenger, 1881) lacks all keratinized mouthparts and has three immense papillae where the upper jaw normally occurs. The tadpole of Mantidactylus lugubris (Dumeril, 1853) has an ornate oral apparatus involving greatly hypertrophied derivatives of jaw serrations and unique structures on the lower labium that resemble labial teeth.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Descriptions and biological notes on three unusual mantellid tadpoles (Amphibia: Anura: Mantellidae) from southeastern Madagascar
Series title:
Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington
Volume
119
Issue:
3
Year Published:
2006
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
418-425
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
First page:
418
Last page:
425
Number of Pages:
8