Phyllobates Bibron, 1840

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Superfamily: Dendrobatoidea > Family: Dendrobatidae > Subfamily: Dendrobatinae > Genus: Phyllobates
5 species

Phyllobates Bibron in De la Sagra, 1840, Hist. Fis. Polit. Nat. Cuba, 8 (Atlas Zool.): pl. 29bis. Type species: Phyllobates bicolor Bibron, 1840, by monotypy. 

PhyllobatesDuméril and Bibron, 1841, Erp. Gen., 6: 637. Type species: Phyllobates bicolor Duméril and Bibron, 1841, by monotypy. Placed on the Official List of Generic Names in Zoology by Anonymous, 2009, Bull. Zool. Nomencl., 66: 103-105.

PhyllobatesCocteau and Bibron, 1843, in de la Sagra (ed.), Hist. Phys. Polit. Nat. Cuba, 4 (Reptiles): 140.

English Names

Golden Poison Frogs (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 51).

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

Leaf Climbers (Ananjeva, Borkin, Darevsky, and Orlov, 1988, Dict. Amph. Rept. Five Languages: 50).

Poison Arrow Frogs (CITES).


Nicaragua to Colombia.


Even though most of the species formerly included in this genus, except for most of the former Phyllobates bicolor group, have been transferred to other genera, the most comprehensive account of this genus is that by Silverstone, 1976, Sci. Bull. Nat. Hist. Mus. Los Angeles Co., 27: 1–53. See Dubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 128, for a discussion of the generic description; C. W. Myers disagrees with Dubois' interpretation. Widmer, Lötters, and Jungfer, 2000, Naturwissenschaften, 87: 559–562, provided a molecular phylogenetic analysis of the species. Pyron and Wiens, 2011, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 61: 543–583, in their molecular study, confirmed the earlier result that Phyllobates is the sister taxon of the remaining dendrobatines. Köhler, 2011, Amph. Cent. Am.: 137–138, provided a key to the species of Phyllobates in Central America and provided maps and photographs of the species.

Contained taxa (5 sp.):

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