Ameerega picta
family: Dendrobatidae
subfamily: Colostethinae
Taxonomic Notes: A subspecies, guayanensis, has been recorded from Brazil, and the authors of the account suggest that it be raised to full species level (Avila-Pires et al. 2010 Bol. Mus. Para. Emilio Goeldi)

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Least Concern (LC)
CITES Appendix II
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


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.

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.


It is a very common species.

Population Trend


Major Threats

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

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.

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).


La Marca, E., Azevedo-Ramos, C., Silvano, D., Hoogmoed, M., De la Riva, I., Reichle, S. & Acosta-Galvis, A. 2008. Ameerega picta. In: IUCN 2014


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