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Pongo Poison Frog (Ameerega pongoensis) One of my all-time favorite poison frogs, the Pongo Poison Frog (Ameerega pongoensis) was described by my friend, Rainer Schulte, in 1999. This species lives at lower Andean elevations and has a relatively small range - elevation: 180-300m. The type locality is a stream in the Huallaga Canyon- north bank (Pongo de Aguirre). The Pongos are rocky gorges where rivers cut through the mountain chains of East Peru. These frogs are difficult to see in the wild and masters of life in the leaf litter. They are small, agile, and shy. Their call is a distinctive whistle, repeated at intervals. Males are smaller than females. The flank and venter color are variable according to the particular population within the range of the species. Some populations have blue flanks. Ameerega pongoensis,Huallaga Canyon,Peru,Pongo Poison Frog,dendrobatidae,montane forest,poison arrow frog,poison dart frog,poison frog Click/tap to enlarge Species introCountry intro

Pongo Poison Frog (Ameerega pongoensis)

One of my all-time favorite poison frogs, the Pongo Poison Frog (Ameerega pongoensis) was described by my friend, Rainer Schulte, in 1999. This species lives at lower Andean elevations and has a relatively small range - elevation: 180-300m. The type locality is a stream in the Huallaga Canyon- north bank (Pongo de Aguirre). The Pongos are rocky gorges where rivers cut through the mountain chains of East Peru. These frogs are difficult to see in the wild and masters of life in the leaf litter. They are small, agile, and shy. Their call is a distinctive whistle, repeated at intervals. Males are smaller than females. The flank and venter color are variable according to the particular population within the range of the species. Some populations have blue flanks.

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  1. Gorgeous! Have you seen its relative?

    Three-striped Poison Frog (Ameerega trivittata/trivittatus) with hitchhiker in Peruvian Amazonia I took two photos of this frog a few seconds apart, and the cockroach appeared somewhere between the first and second photos. Ameerega trivittatus,Geotagged,Herp,Peru,Summer
    Posted 2 years ago, modified 2 years ago
    1. Sure have...on virtually ever night hike around the ACTS canopy walkway on the Sucusari River. They are beautiful frogs. I've also bred them in captivity. Posted 2 years ago
      1. If you love poison dart frogs (I do as well), I wonder what you think about this relatively new one:

        Andinobates victimatus - front view II, Uraba, Colombia This observation is our main trophy from Uraba, and in many ways of our entire 2017 trip, for both its natural value and its symbolic value. This species is locally endemic to the Northwest of Colombia and had only been described 6 months earlier.<br />
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The symbolic value is in its naming, victimatus, dedicated to the victims of armed conflict in this poor area of Colombia. It also radiates a sense of hope, as the scientist discovering and describing the species is a young Afro-Colombian born in this region. Against all odds, he managed to escape poverty and a lack of opportunity, and turned it into this.<br />
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A few minutes before this observation, we had a strange encounter with illegal goldminers coming our way from the narrow forest path. Some greeted us when passing by, yet one insisted on stopping straight in front of me, and giving me a death stare for a solid 10 seconds. Which I returned. Not a word was said, but they were clearly not happy with our presence, even less so because of our cameras. Continuing, we could see signs of an improvised camp further down the path, and our guide shared that its probably not a good idea to find out if there's any weapons there. <br />
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So we turned around, and whilst walking back I was contemplating in my mind what just happened. An unfortunate non-event, or a life threatening one. That thought was washed away instantly when our guide found this frog. <br />
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Given how "new" this species is to science, I'm going to be generous in sharing many shots. As an ethical disclaimer, we found this frog in the bushes on what looks like a Bromeliad plant. It was located based on its call. However, as the scene was very dark and obscured, our guide picked it up, and then we put it on a large leaf on the forest floor for some better shots. It was then placed back exactly where it came from. <br />
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Personally, we find the symbolic value of this observation the most valuable. We've come to love and deeply respect Colombia and its stunning wildlife and will be going back for a 3rd round later this year. This country deserves a far better reputation than it has, it is awesome, full of potential, and well into its next chapter, one of hope and pride.<br />
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Full set:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/59096/andinobates_victimatus_-_in_habitat_uraba_colombia.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/59097/andinobates_victimatus_-_in_habitat_ii_uraba_colombia.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/59098/andinobates_victimatus_-_full_body_uraba_colombia.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/59099/andinobates_victimatus_-_side_view_uraba_colombia.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/59100/andinobates_victimatus_-_top_view_uraba_colombia.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/59101/andinobates_victimatus_-_full_body_side_view_uraba_colombia.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/59102/andinobates_victimatus_-_face_closeup_uraba_colombia.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/59103/andinobates_victimatus_-_front_view_uraba_colombia.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/59104/andinobates_victimatus_-_front_view_ii_uraba_colombia.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/59105/andinobates_victimatus_-_face_closeup_ii_uraba_colombia.html Andinobates victimatus,Antioquia,Colombia,Colombia Choco & Pacific region,South America,Uraba,Urabá,World
        Posted 2 years ago, modified 2 years ago
  2. What a beauty! Posted 2 years ago
  3. Out of the world Posted 2 years ago

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''Ameerega pongoensis'', formerly ''Epipedobates pongoensis'', is a species of frog in the family Dendrobatidae that is endemic to the San Martín and Loreto Regions of Peru. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, subtropical or tropical moist montane forests, rivers, freshwater marshes, and intermittent freshwater marshes. It is threatened by encroaching agriculture and is illegally harvested for the pet trade.

Similar species: Frogs
Species identified by Ferdy Christant
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Uploaded May 5, 2018. Captured Oct 15, 2007 04:54.
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  • f/20.0
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