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.
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.
It is locally common in French Guiana (Lescure and Marty, 2001). Elsewhere it is common but patchily distributed.
It is illegally collected for the pet trade.
Its range includes a few protected areas. This species breeds easily in captivity, and is found in zoos around the world.
We follow Wollenberg et al. (2006) in considering Dendrobates azureus as a junior synonym of this species.
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