Dendrobates truncatus (Cope, 1861)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Superfamily: Dendrobatoidea > Family: Dendrobatidae > Subfamily: Dendrobatinae > Genus: Dendrobates > Species: Dendrobates truncatus

Phyllobates truncatus Cope, 1861 "1860", Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia, 12: 372. Syntypes: ANSP 2251-52, according to Malnate, 1971, Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia, 123: 353. Type locality: "New Grenada" (= Colombia).

Hylaplesia trunctataCope, 1863, Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia, 15: 49.

Dendrobates truncatusCope, 1867, J. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia, Ser. 2, 6: 197.

English Names

Yellow-striped Poison Frog (Walls, 1994, Jewels of the Rainforest: 24; Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 50).

Yellow-striped Poison-arrow Frog (Ananjeva, Borkin, Darevsky, and Orlov, 1988, Dict. Amph. Rept. Five Languages: 50).


Río Magdalena drainage from Chaparral north to the Caribbean coast, and in the lowlands around the northern ends of the central and western Andes, west to the Golfo de Urabá, Colombia, 100–1800 m elevation.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Colombia

Endemic: Colombia


See account by Silverstone, 1975, Sci. Bull. Nat. Hist. Mus. Los Angeles Co., 21: 49-50. Lötters, Jungfer, Henkel, and Schmidt, 2007, Poison Frogs: 559-560, provided an account. Acosta-Galvis, 2012, Biota Colomb., 13: 213–231, reported the species in the Departamento Sucre, northern Colombia, and briefly discussed habitat. Ovalle-Pacheco, Camacho-Rozo, and Arroyo, 2019, Check List, 15: 395, reported the species from Boyacá, Colombia, and commented on the range in Colombia. Balaguera-Reina, Bustillo, Zárrate-Charry, Charry, Cepeda, and González-Maya, 2019, Herpetol. Rev., 50: 52–57, reported on conservation status and conservation. Cárdenas-Ortega, Gutiérrez-Cárdenas, Cifuentes-Ortegón, and Patiño-Gallego, 2019, Catal. Anf. Rept. Colombia, Medellín, 5: 32–41, provided a detailed account, dot map,  and photographs. 

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