Phyllobates aurotaenia 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Dendrobatidae

Scientific Name: Phyllobates aurotaenia
Species Authority: (Boulenger, 1914)
Common Name(s):
English Kokoe Poison Frog
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:

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Wilmar Bolívar, Taran Grant, Stefan Lötters, Fernando Castro
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson, Neil Cox and Bruce Young)
Listed as Near Threatened since although its Extent of Occurrence is less than 20,000 km2 and its habitat is declining, thus making the species close to qualifying for Vulnerable, it probably occurs in more than ten locations, and its range is probably not yet severely fragmented.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species occurs on the western slopes of the Cordillera Occidental in Colombia, along the Río San Juan drainage south to the Río Raposo, in Choco and Valle del Cauca Departments, between 90 and 1,000m asl.
Countries occurrence:
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Population [top]

Population:It is a very abundant species.
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It lives on the ground in humid lowland and submontane forests, and is found in primary and secondary forest, but not in degraded areas. The eggs are laid in leaf-litter, and the male takes the larvae to slow-flowing water.
Systems:Terrestrial; Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: Only small numbers are in trade.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The major threats are: deforestation due to agricultural development, cultivation of illegal crops, logging, and human settlement; introduction of alien predatory fish in streams; and pollution resulting from the spraying of illegal crops. It sometimes occurs in very small numbers in international trade.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is not known from any protected areas. Management practices that could allow a commercial, sustainable harvest should be investigated. Decree INDERENA No. 39 of 9 July, 1985, forbids the collection of Phyllobates spp. from the wild in Colombia for breeding (or other) purposes. It is listed on CITES Appendix II.

Citation: Wilmar Bolívar, Taran Grant, Stefan Lötters, Fernando Castro. 2004. Phyllobates aurotaenia. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T55261A11265546. . Downloaded on 22 August 2017.
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