Ptychadena mascareniensis — Mascarene Ridged Frog
Some other names for this species:
Mascarene Frog, Mascarene Rocket Frog, Mascarene Grassland Frog, Mascarene Grass Frog, Broad-banded Ridged Frog
I was all excited to see this attractive frog, at that time a new species for me. It was not very cooperative, and could leap prodigiously, and we chased it around for a long time before it finally settled down long enough for a few photos. Later I discovered that it is by far the most common and widespread frog in Madagascar, and we saw dozens and dozens of them.
Here is a list of all the reptiles and frogs I saw on this trip to Madagascar.
This was the second in the soon-to-be-vast set of these frogs that we saw throughout Madagascar.
These frogs were abundant on the grounds of Chez Arol.
The garden pond at Anjajavy at night was filled with and surrounded by three types of frogs: small Boophis doulioti treefrogs, toad-like Tomopterna labrosa, and a few of these more typical frogs. The ones here looked a little different than ones we had seen elsewhere, and in particular some of them (like this one) had prominently green dorsal stripes. I hadn't found any mention of green dorsal stripes on this species until after my trip, when the third edition of Glaw and Vences was finally published. That book mentions the occasional green stripe and includes a photo of a green-striped individual.
- Glaw, F., Vences, M. 1994. A Fieldguide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar, Second Edition
- Glaw, F., Vences, M. 2007. A Field Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar, Third Edition
- Henkel, F., Schmidt, W. 2000. Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar and the Mascarene, Seychelles, and Comoro Islands
- Spawls, S. 2017. A Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of the Maasai Mara