Ameerega picta 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Dendrobatidae

Scientific Name: Ameerega picta (Bibron, 1838)
Common Name(s):
English Spot-legged Poison Frog, Spot-legged Poison-arrow Frog
Spanish Sapito Pintado
Dendrobates eucnemis Steindachner, 1864
Dendrobates pictus Tschudi, 1838
Dendrobates pictus ssp. guayanensis Heatwole, Solano & Heatwole, 1965
Epipedobates pictus Tschudi, 1838
Hylaplesia picta Tschudi, 1838
Phyllobates pictus Tschudi, 1838
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: The taxon was reviewed and separated into several species by Haddad and Martins (1994). At present this species includes the Venezuelan population of Heatwole, Heatwole and Solano (1965). It is thought to be a composite species (see Frost, 2007).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-01-01
Assessor(s): La Marca, E., Azevedo-Ramos, C., Silvano, D., Hoogmoed, M., De la Riva, I., Reichle, S. & Acosta-Galvis, A.
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 taxon is known from the lowlands of Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia and Peru. There is an isolated population in Venezuela still attributed to this species. Its altitudinal range is from 200-1200 masl.
Countries occurrence:
Bolivia, Plurinational States of; Brazil; Colombia (Colombia (mainland)); Peru; Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):200
Upper elevation limit (metres):1200
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Population [top]

Population:It is a very common species.
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It occurs among dead tree branches on the leaf-litter of tropical moist and dry forest. Eggs are laid on the leaf-litter; tadpoles are carried on the adult's back to temporary pools. Animals can occur in primary and secondary forest, at forest edges and in lightly degraded habitats.
Systems:Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): No major threats, a widespread species with large areas of suitable habitat remaining. There is some localized habitat loss to different human activities such as agriculture (crops, livestock etc.). A. picta is not often encountered in the pet trade.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is present in several protected areas throughout its range, and is protected by national legislation and listed on CITES Appendix II. The taxonomic status of the population recorded in Venezuela needs to be determined.

Citation: La Marca, E., Azevedo-Ramos, C., Silvano, D., Hoogmoed, M., De la Riva, I., Reichle, S. & Acosta-Galvis, A. 2008. Ameerega picta. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T55231A11276969. . Downloaded on 26 May 2018.
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