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Individual study: Mantella breeding success

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Woods W. (2010) Mantella breeding success. Amphibian Ark Newsletter, 13

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Captive breeding frogs Amphibian Conservation

A replicated study in 2009–2010 of captive mantella frogs in Edmonton, Canada (Woods 2010) found that three of four species bred successfully. In October 2009, baron’s painted mantella Mantella baroni and splendid mantella Mantella pulchra produced clutches of eggs. Eggs left in with parents developed better than those moved to dishes. Survival rate was approximately 60%. In October of 2010, golden mantella Mantella aurantiaca produced two large clutches, with 211 tadpoles hatching. Survival rate to froglets by the end of the study was 75%. Climbing mantella Mantella laevigata did not breed. In June 2009, all species except golden mantella were put through a three month dry cycle, with reduced temperature (<20°C), humidity and food (alternate days) and increased day length (12 hours). In September, the wet season was started (misting four times/day, 10 hours daylight, daily feeding). Eggs were kept in petri dishes on wet moss or left in with the parents. Tadpoles were placed into plastic containers. In 2010, one male and three female golden mantellas were put through just a wet season.