Ameerega cainarachi (Schulte, 1989)

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

Epipedobates cainarachi Schulte, 1989, Bol. Lima, 11: 41. Holotype: R. Schulte Collection 10550, now AMNH 136282, according to DRF. Type locality: "el valle del Alto Río Cainarachi del centro de la Cordillera Oriental a la altura del km 33 de la carretera Tarapoto-Yurimaguas", Departamento San Martín, Peru.

Epipedobates ardens Jungfer, 1989, Salamandra, 25: 89. Holotype: ZFMK 490843, by original designation. Type locality: "Peru: Departamento San Martín: Carratera [sic] Tarapoto-Yurimaguas, km 28, ca. 600 m Meershöhe". Synonymy by Duellman, 1993, Univ. Kansas Mus. Nat. Hist. Spec. Publ., 21: 63.

Ameerega cainarachiFrost, 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

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


Lowlands adjacent to the northern end of the Eastern Andes in Amazonian Peru.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Peru

Endemic: Peru


Lötters, Jungfer, Henkel, and Schmidt, 2007, Poison Frogs: 331-332, provided an account, and placed this in their Ameerega picta group. See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status (as Epipedobates cainarachi) in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 231. French, Deutsch, Chávez, Almora, and Brown, 2019, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 138: 31–42, reported on molecular phylogeography and natural history and placed this species in in the Ameerega petersi group. In the Ameerega petersi 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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