Phyllobates terribilis
Golden Poison Frog
family: Dendrobatidae
subfamily: Dendrobatinae

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Endangered (EN)
CITES Appendix II
Other International Status Endangered
National Status None
Regional Status None


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is known only from tiny areas on the Pacific coast of Colombia on the Río Saija drainage, in Cauca Department, occurring up to 200m asl.

Habitat and Ecology

It lives on the ground in humid forests, and is only known from primary forest. It is not known whether or not it can adapt to secondary habitats. The eggs are laid on the ground and the males transport the larvae to permanent pools.


It is extremely common in its tiny range.

Population Trend


Major Threats

The major threats are deforestation for agricultural development, the planting of illegal crops, logging, and human settlement, and pollution resulting from the spraying of illegal crops. It is very occasionally reported in international trade in small numbers.

Conservation Actions

It does not occur in any protected areas, and the protection of part of this species' lowland forest habitat is recommended. Management practices that could allow a commercial, sustainable harvest of this species should be investigated. Decree INDERENA No. 39 of 9 July, 1985, forbids the collection of Phyllobates spp. from the wild in Colombia for breeding (or other) purposes. It is listed on CITES Appendix II.


Wilmar Bolívar, Stefan Lötters 2004. Phyllobates terribilis. In: IUCN 2014


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