Amazon Dart Frog

Ranitomeya amazonica

''Ranitomeya amazonica'' is a poison dart frog in the genus ''Ranitomeya''. It was first described by Rainer Schulte in 1999 as ''Dendrobates amazonicus'' when he separated it from ''Dendrobates ventrimaculatus'', primarily on the basis of call characteristics. The validity of the species has been debated, but further studies, also including genetic data, support its validity.
A tiny Amazon Dart Frog (Ranitomeya amazonica) perched on a leaf in Iquitos, Peru This beautiful little frog was found on the grounds of the Iquitos Zoo. Frog,Geotagged,Peru,Poison dart frog,Ranitomeya amazonica,Summer

Appearance

''Ranitomeya amazonica'' is 16–19 mm long with smooth, black skin. The torso is laterally striped orange or red while the legs and arms feature a mesh of blue, grey or green on black. There is no explicit sexual dimorphism in this frog but females tend to be slightly bigger than males.

Distribution

Known distribution consists of widely separated populations, one in northwestern Amazonian Peru and extreme southeastern Colombia , and expected in the adjacent Brazil; extreme southern Guyana; eastern French Guiana; the mouth of the Amazon in Brazil. Whether the large gaps are real or result from insufficient sampling is unknown.

Status

It is listed as "Data Deficient" on the IUCN Red List based on the assessment from 2004. The number of them in the wild is unknown. More recently, Brown, Twomey, and colleagues suggested that it should be classified as "Least Concern". The frog occurs in the Alpahuayo Mishana National Reserve in Peru.

Habitat

Its habitat is in the Amazon jungle. It most frequently uses bromeliads for breeding.

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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionChordata
ClassAmphibia
OrderAnura
FamilyDendrobatidae
GenusRanitomeya
SpeciesR. amazonica
Photographed in
Peru