Ameerega macero (Rodriguez and Myers, 1993)

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

Epipedobates macero Rodríguez and Myers, 1993, Am. Mus. Novit., 3068: 2. Holotype: MUSM 0726 (formerly MHNJP 2001), by original designation. Type locality: "west side Río Manu across from Cocha Cashu Biological Station, Parque Nacional del Manu, about 380 m elev., Department of Madre de Dios, Peru".

Ameerega maceroFrost, 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

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


Known from the departments of Junín, Cuzco, Ucayali, and Madre de Dios, southern Peru, 300–450 m elevation, into adjacent Parque Nacional da Serra do Divisor and Reserva Extrativista do Alto Juruá, Acre State, Brazil. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Brazil, Peru


See Myers, Rodríguez, and Icochea, 1998, Am. Mus. Novit., 3238: 1–20, for comments on identification and distribution. De la Riva, Köhler, Lötters, and Reichle, 2000, Rev. Esp. Herpetol., 14: 57, and Köhler, 2000, Bonn. Zool. Monogr., 48: 69, consider this species possibly to occur in Bolivia. Schulte, 1999, Pfeilgiftfrösche: 216–219, provided an account. Medina-Müller, 2007, Herpetol. Rev., 38: 214, reported a range extension to Junín and discussed the range. Bernarde, Machado, and Turci, 2011, Biota Neotrop., 11: 117–144, reported specimens from Reserva Extrativista Riozinho da Liberdade, Acre, Brazil. See account by Lötters, Jungfer, Henkel, and Schmidt, 2007, Poison Frogs: 344–345, who placed this species in their Ameerega picta group. In the Ameerega macero 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. See brief account for the Manu region, Peru, by Villacampa-Ortega, Serrano-Rojas, and Whitworth, 2017, Amph. Manu Learning Cent.: 110–111.

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