Andinobates daleswansoni
family: Dendrobatidae
Species Description: Rueda-Almonacid, Rada, Sanchez-Pacheco, Velasquez-檎lvarez & Quevedo 2006 Two new and exceptional poison dart frogs of the genus Dendrobates (Anura: Dendrobatidae) from the northeastern flank of the Cordillera Central of Colombia. Zootaxa 1259: 39-54
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Vulnerable (VU)
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 species is is known only from the northern Cordillera Central of the Colombian Andes at 1800-2000 masl, in the department of Caldas, Municipality of Samaná. It can be found within the Parque Nacional Natural Selva de Florencia, on the eastern flank of the cordillera Central, ca 5 30' N, 75 5' W (Rueda-Almonacid et al., 2006).

Habitat and Ecology

Ranitomeya daleswansoni lives in the wettest areas of the understory of both primary and secondary montane forests. Animals are concentrated in areas with moderate leaf litter, high humidity and abundant refuges or holes in the ground. It is sympatric with Ranitomeya opisthomelas at around 1800m, but replaces it above this elevation. The larvae have been found in bromeliads (Rueda-Almonacid et al., 2006), while eggs are laid in the leaf litter. Reproduction is possibly continuous throughout the year, based on the examination of gonads in preserved specimens and on the presence of tadpoles at any time of the year. Clutch size is unknown. Ranitomeya daleswansoni can inhabit secondary or selectively logged forests insofar as it is adjacent or in the vicinity of primary forests (J.V. Rueda-Almonacid, pers. comm.).


It is a relatively common species in forested habitats within its distribution range (Rueda-Almonacid et al., 2006).

Population Trend


Major Threats

Deforestation for the purposes of wood collection is present in this species' geographic area. In addition, there appear to be bromeliad collection and illegal trade activities (J.V. Rueda-Almonacid, pers. comm.).

Conservation Actions

It occurs within the Parque Nacional Natural Selva de Florencia.

Taxonomic Notes

Ranitomeya daleswansoni can be recognised by a combination of morphological features and colour patterns (Rueda-Almonacid et al., 2006).


Jose Vicente Rueda-Almonacid 2008. Andinobates daleswansoni. In: IUCN 2014


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