The British Herpetological Society

The Herpetological Journal is the Society's prestigious quarterly scientific journal. Articles are listed in Biological Abstracts, Current Awareness in Biological Sciences,Current Contents, Science Citation Index, and Zoological Record.

 ISSN 0268-0130

2021 Impact Factor from Clarivate for the Herpetological Journal is 1.194, an increase of 0.332 from 2020.

pdf 02. A new sibling species of the anuran subgenus Blommersia from Madagascar (Amphibia: Mantellidae: Mantidactylus) and its molecular phylogenetic relationships


Open Access


Authors: Frank Glaw And Miguel Vences

Abstract: A new species of the Mantidactylus domerguei species group in the subgenus Blommersia is described from central eastern Madagascar. Mantidactylus sarotra sp. n. is morphologically similar to the syntopic M. blommersae but differs by smaller size, vocal sac coloration, advertisement cal Is and habitat of calling males. A phylogenetic analysis of 565 nucleotides of the mitochondrial l 6S rRNA gene of all described species of the M. domerguei group revealed that M. sarotra and M. blommersae are not sister species but are genetical ly highly differentiated (9.73% sequence divergence). M. sarotra was grouped with high bootstrap support as a sister species of M. kely. The two species share a general advertisement calI structure, vocal sac col oration and small size, but differ from each other in terms of skin texture, dorsal coloration, and pulse rate of vocalizations. The high differentiation among all species of the group (4.96% divergence between the closest relatives, M. blommersae and M. domerguei) indicate that speciation of the currently recognized taxa probably occurred several million years before the present.

Keywords: Mantidactylus sarotra sp. n., Blommersia, Madagascar, phylogeny, mitochondrial DNA, advertisement calls

Download Access:

The latest 8 issues can be downloaded when logged in with a Herpetological Journal subscription membership.

Individual articles can be purchased for download.

Older issues and occasional Open Access articles are available for public download


For further information and submission guidelines please see our Journal Instructions to Authors

pdfBHS Ethics Policy


Please note that as from Volume 31 Number 1 (January 2021) on, the Herpetological Journal will be available as an online publication only - the last print edition will be Volume 30 Number 4.   

Aligning with this change, it is now no longer possible to purchase a subscription that includes a print copy of the HJ.  All members who have existing HJ print subscriptions that remain active as at end June 2020 will receive the full four 2020 print editions.  New subscribers or renewals after this time will only have option to subscribe to the online only subscription package.  Subscription pricing has been amended to reflect the content changes.