Dendrobates tinctorius 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Dendrobatidae

Scientific Name: Dendrobates tinctorius (Cuvier, 1797)
Common Name(s):
English Dyeing Poison Frog, Dyeing Poison-arrow Frog, Tinging Frog
French Dendrobate À Tapirer
Calamita tinctorius (Cuvier, 1797)
Dendrobates tinctorius (Cuvier, 1797)
Dendrobates azureus Hoogmoed, 1969
Dendrobates machadoi Bokermann, 1958
Hyla tinctoria (Cuvier, 1797)
Hylaplesia tinctoria (Cuvier, 1797)
Rana tinctoria Cuvier, 1797
Taxonomic Source(s): Frost, D.R. 2013. Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 5.6 (9 January 2013). Electronic Database. American Museum of Natural History, New York, USA. Available at:
Taxonomic Notes: We follow Wollenberg et al. (2006) in considering Dendrobates azureus as a junior synonym of this species.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2008-02-01
Assessor(s): Gaucher, P. & MacCulloch, R.
Reviewer(s): Stuart, S.N., Chanson, J.S., Cox, N.A. & Young, B.E.
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is known from the lowland forests of the Guianas and adjacent Brazil. A point locality map of its distribution in French Guiana is provided in Lescure and Marty (2001). It occurs up to 600m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Brazil; French Guiana; Guyana; Suriname
Additional data:
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Population [top]

Population:It is locally common in French Guiana (Lescure and Marty, 2001). Elsewhere it is common but patchily distributed.
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It inhabits the forest floor of tropical rainforest. Its eggs are laid out of water, and then the tadpoles are carried by the males to puddles (tree holes, etc) where they develop further.
Systems:Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It is illegally collected for the pet trade.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Its range includes a few protected areas. This species breeds easily in captivity, and is found in zoos around the world.

Citation: Gaucher, P. & MacCulloch, R. 2010. Dendrobates tinctorius. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T55204A11265402. . Downloaded on 16 August 2018.
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