Epipedobates Myers, 1987

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Superfamily: Dendrobatoidea > Family: Dendrobatidae > Subfamily: Colostethinae > Genus: Epipedobates
8 species

Epipedobates Myers, 1987, Pap. Avulsos Zool., São Paulo, 36: 302. Type species: Prostherapis tricolor Boulenger, 1899, by original designation.

English Names

Phantasmal Poison Frogs (Epipedobates: Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 50).


West of the Andes (including the lower western slopes) from southwestern Ecuador to Chocó of western Colombia.


See taxonomic history, revision, and redelimitation of this genus by Grant, Frost, Caldwell, Gagliardo, Haddad, Kok, Means, Noonan, Schargel, and Wheeler, 2006, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 299: 166. Pyron and Wiens, 2011, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 61: 543–583, confirmed the sister taxon relationship of Epipedobates and Silverstoneia, and provided a tree of molecular exemplars. Tarvin, Powell, Santos, Ron, and Cannatella, 2017, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 109: 283–295, reported on molecular phylogenetics and the evolution of aposematism. Dias, Anganoy-Criollo, Guayasamin, and Grant, 2018, S. Am. J. Herpetol., 13: 54–63, discussed larval synapomorphies for the taxon. 

Contained taxa (8 sp.):

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