Excidobates captivus (Myers, 1982)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Superfamily: Dendrobatoidea > Family: Dendrobatidae > Subfamily: Dendrobatinae > Genus: Excidobates > Species: Excidobates captivus

Dendrobates captivus Myers, 1982, Am. Mus. Novit., 2721: 14. Holotype: AMNH 42963, by original designation. Type locality: "mouth of the Río Santiago, 580 feet (177 m.) elevation, Department of Amazonas, Peru. The Río Santiago flows into the Río Marañón at about 4° 26′ S, 77° 38′ W".

Ranitomeya captivaBauer, 1988, Het Paludarium, Netherlands, November: 6.

Adelphobtes captivusGrant, Frost, Caldwell, Gagliardo, Haddad, Kok, Means, Noonan, Schargel, and Wheeler, 2006, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 299: 172.

Excidobates captivusTwomey and Brown, 2008, Herpetologica, 64: 121-137.

English Names

Rio Santiago Poison Frog (Walls, 1994, Jewels of the Rainforest: 22; Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 49).


Known only from the valley formed between the Cordillera del Condor and the Cerros de Campanquis, Amazonas, Ecuador and Peru.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Ecuador, Peru


Schulte, 1999, Pfeilgiftfrösche: 143-146, provided an account. :  Lötters, Jungfer, Henkel, and Schmidt, 2007, Poison Frogs: 516-517, provided a brief account (as Adelphobates captivus). See account by Twomey and Brown, 2008, Herpetologica, 64: 121-137, where adult and larval external morphology, DNA markers, and advertisement call were described.

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