Phyllobates terribilis Myers, Daly, and Malkin, 1978

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Superfamily: Dendrobatoidea > Family: Dendrobatidae > Subfamily: Dendrobatinae > Genus: Phyllobates > Species: Phyllobates terribilis

Phyllobates terribilis Myers, Daly, and Malkin, 1978, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 161: 313. Holotype: AMNH 88876, by original designation. Type locality: "lowland rain forest at Quebrada Guanguí, about 0.5 km above its junction with Río Patia, 100–200 m elevation, in upper Río Saija drainage, Department of Cauca, Colombia".

English Names

Golden Poison Frog (Walls, 1994, Jewels of the Rainforest: 28; Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 51).


Region of the type locality (Cauca, Colombia) and north ca. 60 km into Valle de Caudca, 100–200 m elevation.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Colombia

Endemic: Colombia


See Lötters, Castro-Herrera, Köhler, and Richter, 1997, Rev. Fr. Aquar. Herpetol., 24: 55–58. Lötters, Jungfer, Henkel, and Schmidt, 2007, Poison Frogs: 431–433, provided an account. See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 236. Nowacki and Doan, 2012, Cat. Am. Amph. Rept., 888: 1–5, provided a detailed account. Márquez, Corredor, Galvis, Góez, and Amézquita, 2012, Acta Herpetol., Firenze, 7: 341–345, provided a range extension to the north into the state of Valle de Cauca, Colombia. Cruz-Rodríguez, Lynch, Cárdenas, and Caicedo-Portilla, 2021, Zootaxa, 4965: 264, pictured a paratype in the MLS. 

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