Dendrobates tinctorius
Dyeing Poison Frog
family: Dendrobatidae
subfamily: Dendrobatinae

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Least Concern (LC)
CITES Appendix II
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None



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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is known from the lowland forests of the Guianas and adjacent Brazil. A point locality map of its distribution in French Guiana is provided in Lescure and Marty (2001). It occurs up to 600m asl.

Habitat and Ecology

It inhabits the forest floor of tropical rainforest. Its eggs are laid out of water, and then the tadpoles are carried by the males to puddles (tree holes, etc) where they develop further.


It is locally common in French Guiana (Lescure and Marty, 2001). Elsewhere it is common but patchily distributed.

Population Trend


Major Threats

It is illegally collected for the pet trade.

Conservation Actions

Its range includes a few protected areas. This species breeds easily in captivity, and is found in zoos around the world.

Red List Status

Least Concern (LC)


Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.

Taxonomic Notes

We follow Wollenberg et al. (2006) in considering Dendrobates azureus as a junior synonym of this species.


Gaucher, P. & MacCulloch, R. 2010. Dendrobates tinctorius. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T55204A11265402. .Downloaded on 21 February 2019


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