Ranitomeya uakarii (Brown, Schulte, and Summers, 2006)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Superfamily: Dendrobatoidea > Family: Dendrobatidae > Subfamily: Dendrobatinae > Genus: Ranitomeya > Species: Ranitomeya uakarii

Dendrobates uakarii Brown, Schulte, and Summers, 2006, Zootaxa, 1152: 47. Holotype: MUSM 23246, by original designation. Type locality: "upstream Quebrada Blanco in Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo Reserve, Departamento Loreto, Peru (4° 11′ 21.88″ S, 73° 6′ 15.66″ W). Elevation 140 m".

Ranitomeya uakariiFrost, 2007, Amph. Spec. World, vers. 5.0: . new combination; by implication of results published by Grant, Frost, Caldwell, Gagliardo, Haddad, Kok, Means, Noonan, Schargel, and Wheeler, 2006, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 299.

English Names

None noted.


Amazonian rainforests of Brazil (States: Acre, Amazonas),  Colombia (Departments: Amazonas, Caquetá), Guyana (Potaro-Siparuni) and Peru (Departments: Huánuco, Loreto, Madre de Dios and possibly Ucayali); possibly into northwestern Bolivia (Department: Pando).

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Brazil, Colombia, Guyana, Peru

Likely/Controversially Present: Bolivia


Diagnosed from Ranitomeya duellmani in the original publication by call and molecular characters. Lötters, Jungfer, Henkel, and Schmidt, 2007, Poison Frogs: 494-496, provided an account and placed this species in their Ranitomeya ventrimaculata group. In the Ranitomeya reticulata species group of Brown, Twomey, Amézquita, Souza, Caldwell, Lötters, von May, Melo-Sampaio, Mejía-Vargas, Pérez-Peña, Pepper, Poelman, Sanchez-Rodriguez, and Summers, 2011, Zootaxa, 3083: 47, and who provided an account on page 56-57. Muell, Chávez, Prates, Guillory, Kahn, Twomey, Rodrigues, and Brown, 2022, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 168 (107389): 1–10, regarded this nominal species to be a species complex, with one lineage, Ranitomeya aff. uakarii being the sister taxon of Ranitomeya benedicta and nominal Ranitomeya uakarii being the sister taxon of a larger group. These authors suggested that further research is needed. 

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