AmphibiaWeb - Dendrobates truncatus


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Dendrobates truncatus (Cope, 1861)
Yellow-striped Poison Frog
family: Dendrobatidae
subfamily: Dendrobatinae
genus: Dendrobates

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



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Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Colombia


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Distributed along the west side of the eastern Andes, and the eastern flank of the central Andes (between elevations of 350–1,200 m asl). Known from the departments of Antioquia, Bólivar, Boyacá, Caldas, Cesar, Chocó, Córdoba, Cundinamarca, Huila, Magdalena, Santander, Sucre and Tolima (Acosta Galvis and Cuentas 2016).

This species was featured in News of the Week January 15, 2024:

Many frog enthusiasts have noticed that some frogs tap their toes on the ground fairly regularly. However we still do not know why most frogs exhibit this “toe tapping” behavior. To better characterize this toe tapping behavior, Vergara-Herrera et al. (2023) created a vibration-sensitive arena and examined toe tapping patterns during feeding in both males and females of the Yellow-striped Poison Frog, Dendrobates truncatus. The researchers found no differences between tapping behavior in males and females but they did find that tapping often increased before frogs attacked prey. And interestingly, frogs with longer third toes were more likely to increase their taps before attack. The patterns of toe tapping provided in this study provide an excellent starting point for asking more questions about the evolution and purpose (if any) of frog toe tapping. (Molly Womack)


Acosta Galvis, A.R. and Cuentas, D. 2016. Lista de los Anfibios de Colombia: Referencia en linea V.05.2015.0. Villa de Leyva, Boyacá, Colombia. Available at:

Originally submitted by: Michelle S. Koo (2024-01-14)
Distribution by: Michelle S. Koo (updated 2024-01-14)
Comments by: Michelle S. Koo (updated 2024-01-14)

Edited by: Michelle S. Koo (2024-01-14)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2024 Dendrobates truncatus: Yellow-striped Poison Frog <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Apr 16, 2024.

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