Ameerega braccata (Steindachner, 1864)

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

Dendrobates braccatus Steindachner, 1864, Verh. Zool. Bot. Ges. Wien, 14: 259. Syntypes: NHMW 3818.1–2; NHMW 3818.1 designated lectotype by Silverstone, 1976, Sci. Bull. Nat. Hist. Mus. Los Angeles Co., 27: 42. Type locality: São Vicente, Mato Grosso, Brazil. Given as "Chapada dos Guimarães (= Chapada), Mato Grosso", Brazil, by Bokermann, 1966, Lista Anot. Local. Tipo Anf. Brasil.: 33. Name attributed by Steindachner to Fitzinger, but clearly Steindachner is responsible for the description.

Dendrobates braccatus Cope, 1887, Proc. Am. Philos. Soc., 24: 53–54. Holotype: ANSP 13414, according to XXX. Type locality: "at or near . . . . Chupada [= Chapada dos Guimarães], thirty miles north-east of Cuyabá, and near the headwaters of the Xingu, an important tributary of the Amazon", Mato Grosso, Brazil. Synonymy by Haddad and Martins, 1994, Herpetologica, 50: 282–295. Junior synonym and homonym of Dendrobates braccatus Steindachner, 1864.

Dendrobates pictus braccatusLutz, 1952, Mem. Oswaldo Cruz, Rio de Janeiro, 50: 601.

Epipedobates braccatusMartins and Sazima, 1989, Ciencia Hoje, 9: 34.

Ameerega braccataFrost, 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

None noted.


Known only from the type locality (Chapada dos Guimarães, Mato Grosso), from two nearby localities (Barra do Bugres and Cáceres, Mato Grosso), from Aquidauana, Mato Gross do Sul, and from Santa Rita do Araguaia, Goias, Brazil, possibly into adjacent Paraguay and Bolivia (see comment).

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Brazil

Endemic: Brazil


See accounts by Haddad and Martins, 1994, Herpetologica, 50: 282–295; and Lötters, Jungfer, Henkel, and Schmidt, 2007, Poison Frogs: 329–330 (who placed this in their Ameerega picta group). De la Riva, Köhler, Lötters, and Reichle, 2000, Rev. Esp. Herpetol., 14: 58, and Köhler, 2000, Bonn. Zool. Monogr., 48: 69, considered this species possibly to occur in Bolivia. Brusquetti and Lavilla, 2006, Cuad. Herpetol., 20: 28, suggested that this species likely occurs in Paraguay. Lötters, Schmitz, Reichle, Rödder, and Quennet, 2009, Zootaxa, 2028: 22, provided a distribution map. Forti, Strüssmann, and Mott, 2010, Brazil. J. Biol., 70: 211–216,  reported on vocalization. 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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