Dendrobates tinctorius


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Dendrobates tinctorius
Species Authority: (Cuvier, 1797)
Common Name/s:
English Dyeing Poison Frog
French Dendrobate À Tapirer
Dendrobates azureus Hoogmoed, 1969
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: Philippe Gaucher, Ross MacCulloch
Reviewer/s: Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson, Neil Cox and Bruce Young)
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.
2004 Least Concern

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.
Brazil; French Guiana; Guyana; Suriname
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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.
Population Trend: Stable

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: Philippe Gaucher, Ross MacCulloch 2010. Dendrobates tinctorius. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <>. Downloaded on 20 April 2014.
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