Dendrobatinae Cope, 1865 (1850)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Superfamily: Dendrobatoidea > Family: Dendrobatidae > Subfamily: Dendrobatinae
62 species

Phyllobatae Fitzinger, 1843, Syst. Rept.: 32. Type genus: Phyllobates Duméril and Bibron, 1841.

Eubaphidae Bonaparte, 1850, Conspect. Syst. Herpetol. Amph.: 1 p. Type genus: Eubaphus Bonaparte, 1831.

EubaphinaBonaparte, 1850, Conspect. Syst. Herpetol. Amph.: 1 p.

Hylaplesidae Günther, 1858, Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1858: 345. Type genus: Hylaplesia Boie, 1827 (= Hysaplesia Boie, 1826).

Dendrobatidae Cope, 1865, Nat. Hist. Rev., N.S., 5: 100. Type genus: Dendrobates Wagler, 1830.

HylaplesiinaGünther, 1868, Zool. Rec., 4: 148.

HylaplesiidaeCope, 1875, Bull. U.S. Natl. Mus., 1: 8.

HylaplesiidaKnauer, 1878, Naturgesch. Lurche: 112.

DendrobatinaeGadow, 1901, Amphibia and Reptiles: 139, 237. Laurent, 1942, Bull. Mus. R. Hist. Nat. Belg., 18: 1-20.

PhyllobatidaeParker, 1933, Trop. Agric., Trinidad, 10: 12. Laurent, 1980 "1979", Bull. Soc. Zool. France, 104: 418; Laurent, 1986, in Grassé and Delsol (eds.), Traite de Zool., 14: 656.

PhyllobatinaeArdila-Robayo, 1979, Caldasia, 12: 385.

DendrobatoidaeDubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 309. Epifamily.

Dendrobatini — Dubois, Ohler, and Pyron, 2021, Megataxa, 5: 141. Tribe. 

Andinobatina Dubois, Ohler, and Pyron, 2021, Megataxa, 5: 141. Type genus: Andinobates Twomey, Brown, Amézquita and Mejía-Vargas, 2011. Subtribe. 

Andinobatinia — Dubois, Ohler, and Pyron, 2021, Megataxa, 5: 141. Infratribe. 

Excidobatinia Dubois, Ohler, and Pyron, 2021, Megataxa, 5: 141. Type genus: Excidobates Twomey and Brown, 2008. Infratribe. 

Dendrobatina — Dubois, Ohler, and Pyron, 2021, Megataxa, 5: 141. Subtribe. 

Phyllobatini — Dubois, Ohler, and Pyron, 2021, Megataxa, 5: 141. Tribe. 

English Names

None noted.


Nicaragua east to Guianan South America, south to the eastern slopes of the Andes in Bolivia and the lower Amazon Basin in Brazil.


Roberts, Brown, von May, Arizabal, Presar, Symula, Schulte, and Summers, 2006, Herpetol. J., 16: 377-385, discussed the phylogenetics of this group under the older inclusive name Dendrobates. Brown, Twomey, Amézquita, Souza, Caldwell, Lötters, von May, Melo-Sampaio, Mejía-Vargas, Pérez-Peña, Pepper, Poelman, Sanchez-Rodriguez, and Summers, 2011, Zootaxa, 3083: 1-120, provided a key to the small aposematic species of South America. Pyron and Wiens, 2011, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 61: 543-583, in their study of Genbank sequences, confirmed the monophyly of this taxon and provided a tree of their molecular exemplars. However, they adopted an outdated taxonomy that makes interpreting their results difficult. Grant, Rada, Anganoy-Criollo, Batista, Dias, Jeckel, Machado, and Rueda-Almonacid, 2017, S. Am. J. Herpetol., 12 (Special Issue): 1–90, provided a detailed phylogenetic analysis and revisonary notes on the systematics of the group, discussed the alternative hypotheses in the relationships of the genera and recognized a tribe, Dendrobatini, to include all Dendrobatinae excluding the "Colostethus" ruthveni group.

Contained taxa (62 sp.):

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