Oophaga arborea
Polkadot Poison Frog
family: Dendrobatidae
subfamily: Dendrobatinae

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Endangered (EN)
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 endemic to the western cordilleras and Atlantic lowlands of Panama. It occurs up to at least 1,120m asl.

Habitat and Ecology

This is a phytotelmic canopy species of humid lowland and montane forest, with breeding taking place in bromeliads.


There is no information available on the population status of this species.

Population Trend


Major Threats

The main threat is habitat loss due to logging, livestock ranching and human settlement. The level of trade in this species is not known. It is potentially at risk from chytridiomycosis.

Conservation Actions

It has been recorded from the protected areas of Parque Internacional La Amistad and Bosque Protector Palo Seco. Further research and survey work is needed to ascertain the possible negative impacts of trade and chytrid.

Red List Status

Endangered (EN)


Listed as Endangered because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 5,000 km2, its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat in western Panama.


Frank Solís, Roberto Ibáñez, César Jaramillo, Querube Fuenmayor 2010. Oophaga arborea. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T55173A11250657. .Downloaded on 19 February 2019


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