Ameerega boliviana (Boulenger, 1902)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Superfamily: Dendrobatoidea > Family: Dendrobatidae > Subfamily: Colostethinae > Genus: Ameerega > Species: Ameerega boliviana

Prostherapis bolivianus Boulenger, 1902, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 7, 10: 397. Syntypes: BMNH 1947.2.13.89-90 (San Carlos), 1947.2.13.91 (San Ernesto); BMNH 1947.2.13.89 designated lectotype by Silverstone, 1976, Sci. Bull. Nat. Hist. Mus. Los Angeles Co., 27: 35. Type locality: "San Carlos, [La Paz,] Bolivia, 1200 m. and . . . S. Ernesto, [La Paz,] Bolivia, 800 m."; restricted to San Carlos, La Paz, Bolivia, by lectotype designation.

Phyllobates bolivianusBarbour and Noble, 1920, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 63: 401; Silverstone, 1976, Sci. Bull. Nat. Hist. Mus. Los Angeles Co., 27: 5.

Colostethus bolivianusEdwards, 1971, Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington, 84: 148; Rivero, 1990 "1988", Mem. Soc. Cienc. Nat. La Salle, 48: 3-32.

Dendrobates bolivianusMyers, Daly, and Malkin, 1978, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 161: 332.

Epipedobates bolivianusMyers, 1987, Pap. Avulsos Zool., São Paulo, 36: 303.

Ameerega bolivianaFrost, Grant, Faivovich, Bain, Haas, Haddad, de Sá, Channing, Wilkinson, Donnellan, Raxworthy, Campbell, Blotto, Moler, Drewes, Nussbaum, Lynch, Green, and Wheeler, 2006, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 297: 130, by implication; Grant, Frost, Caldwell, Gagliardo, Haddad, Kok, Means, Noonan, Schargel, and Wheeler, 2006, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 299: 164.

English Names

Bolivian Poison Frog (Walls, 1994, Jewels of the Rainforest: 25; Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 50).

Bolivian Poison-arrow Frog (Ananjeva, Borkin, Darevsky, and Orlov, 1988, Dict. Amph. Rept. Five Languages: 49).


Yungas region in the Departamento La Paz, Bolivia, 800-1200 m elevation.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Bolivia

Endemic: Bolivia


See accounts by Gonzales-Álvarez, Lötters, and Reichle, 2000 "1999", Herpetozoa, Wien, 12: 179-186; and Lötters, Jungfer, Henkel, and Schmidt, 2007, Poison Frogs: 326-328, who placed this in their Ameerega picta group. See  Köhler, John, and Böhme, 2006, Salamandra, 42: 21–27, for natural history notes (as Epipedobates bolivianus). In the Ameerega braccata species group of Guillory, French, Twomey, Chávez, Prates, von May, De la Riva, Lötters, Reichle, Serrano-Rojas, Whitworth, and Brown, 2020, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 142 (106638): 1–13.  

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