Ranitomeya variabilis
Variable Poison Frog, Splash-back Poison Frog
family: Dendrobatidae
subfamily: Dendrobatinae

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Data Deficient (DD)
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 currently known only from higher areas next to the road from Tarapoto to Yurimaguas, from 900-1,200m asl in San Martin Department, Peru, although it is possible that it might range more widely.

Habitat and Ecology

It is a species of primary tropical moist forest, so its adapatability to degraded habitats is not known. Nothing is known about its breeding habits, although reproduction presumably takes place by larval development.


There is nothing known about its population status.

Population Trend


Major Threats

Its threats include loss of habitat to agricultural development and collection of wood for subsistence purposes. Trade in this species has been observed at low levels.

Conservation Actions

It is not present in any protected areas, but it is listed on CITES Appendix II.

Taxonomic Notes

This species was removed from the synonymy of Ranitomeya ventrimaculata by Symula, Schulte and Summers (2001), where it had been placed by Caldwell and Myers (1990).


Javier Icochea, Karl-Heinz Jungfer 2004. Ranitomeya variabilis. In: IUCN 2014


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