Oophaga occultator 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Dendrobatidae

Scientific Name: Oophaga occultator (Myers & Daly, 1976)
Common Name(s):
English La Brea Poison Frog
Dendrobates occultator Myers and Daly, 1976
Taxonomic Source(s): Frost, D.R. 2016. Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0 (31 March 2016). New York, USA. Available at:
Taxonomic Notes: This species is considered to be a derivative of Oophaga histrionica by Myers and Daly (1976).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Wilmar Bolívar, Fernando Castro, Stefan Lötters
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson, Neil Cox and Bruce Young)
Listed as Data Deficient in view of the absence of recent information on its extent of occurrence, status and ecological requirements.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is known only from La Brea, near Patia River, Guangui, Cauca Department, in the Pacific lowlands of Colombia, where it has been recorded between 50 and 200m asl. It is not known if it occurs more widely.
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Population [top]

Population:It appears to be uncommon in its only known locality.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species lives mainly on the ground in undisturbed, lowland rainforest, but it can also be found perching on leaves at different levels above the ground. There are no degraded habitats within its tiny known range, and so its adaptability to secondary habitats is unknown. There is no information on its breeding habits, but it is likely to be similar to Dendrobates histrionicus, where the eggs are laid on the ground, and the larvae are transported to bromeliads by the female.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There is little direct information on threats to this species, but the major threats are likely to include deforestation due to agricultural development, cultivation of illegal crops, logging, and human settlement, and also pollution resulting from the spraying of illegal crops. This species has never been involved in the international pet trade.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Decree INDERENA No. 39 of 9 July 1985 forbids the collection of Dendrobates spp. from the wild for breeding (or other) purposes.

Citation: Wilmar Bolívar, Fernando Castro, Stefan Lötters. 2004. Oophaga occultator. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T55194A11256740. . Downloaded on 23 October 2017.
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