Dart Frog traits - Category upgrade! [DONE] [1571]

In preparation to promote Dart Frogs to a top level category, we need to build a trait list for the genes and combos.

For each of these, we need to know what kind of gene it is (recessive/incdom/dom) OR what combination of genes represent it.

Please add anything that is missing or correct me where I am wrong.

If you know anyone that works with Dart Frogs , send them a link to this thread and ask them to help out.


A. galactonotus
A. quinquevittatus


A. altamazonica
A. bassleri
A. bilinguis
A. cainarachi
A. hahneli
A. maculata
A. parvula
A. pepperi
A. picta
A. pongoensis
A. rubriventris
A. silverstonei
A. trivittata


D. auratus
D. leucomelas
D. tinctorius|
D. truncatus


E. anthonyi
E. boulengeri
E. espinosai
E. machalilla
E. tricolor


H. azureiventris


O. granulifera
O. histrionica
O. lehmanni
O. pumilio
O. sylvatica
O. vicentei


P. aurotaenia
P. bicolor
P. lugubris
P. terribilis
P. vittatus


R. amazonica
R. benedicta
R. fantastica
R. flavovittata
R. imitator
R. reticulata
R. sirensis
R. summersi
R. uakarii
R. vanzolinii
R. variabilis
R. ventrimaculata

previous configuration 2
# categories abbreviation
## Adelphobates galactonotus a
## Ameerga bassleri am
## Dendrobates auratus d
## Dendrobates leucomelas d
## Dendrobates tinctorius d
## Epipdobates anthonyi e
## Phyllobates terribilis p
## Phyllobates bicolor p
## Ranitomeya lamasi r
## Ranitomeya sirensis r

## Expanded genus for Adelphobates
a castaneoticus
a galactonotus
a quinquevittatus
## Expanded genus for Ameerega
am altamazonica
am andina
am bassleri
am bilinguis
am boliviana
am braccata
am cainarachi
am erythromos
am flavopicta
am hahneli
am ingeri
am labialis
am macero
am maculata
am parvula
am peruviridis
am petersi
am picta
am planipaleae
am pongoensis
am pulchripecta
am rubriventris
am silverstonei
am simulans
am smaragdina
am trivittata
am yungicola
## Expanded genus for Colostethus
c agilis
c alacris
c brachistriatus
c dysprosium
c fraterdanieli
c fugax
c furviventris
c imbricolus
c inguinalis
c jacobuspetersi
c latinasus
c lynchi
c mertensi
c panamansis
c poecilonotus
c pratti
c ramirezi
c ruthveni
c thorntoni
c ucumari
c yaguara
## Expanded genus for Dendrobates
d auratus
d leucomelas
d nubeculosus
d tinctorius
d truncatus
## Expanded genus for Epipedobates
e anthonyi
e boulengeri
e espinosai
e machalilla
e narinensis
e tricolor
## Expanded genus for Excidobates
ex captivus
ex mysteriosus
## Expanded genus for Hyloxalus
h abditaurantius
h aeruginosus
h anthracinus
h argyrogaster
h awa
h azureiventris
h betancuri
h bocagei
h borjai
h breviquartus
h cevallosi
h chlorocraspedus
h chocoensis
h delatorreae
h edwardsi
h elachyhistus
h eleutherodactylus
h exasperatus
h excisus
h faciopunctulatus
h fallax
h fascianigrus
h fuliginosus
h idiomelus
h infraguttatus
h insulatus
h lehmanni
h leucophaeus
h littoralis
h maculosus
h maquipucuna
h marmoreoventris
h mittermeieri
h mystax
h nexipus
h parcus
h patitae
h peculiaris
h peruvianus
h pinguis
h pulchellus
h pulcherrimus
h pumilus
h ramosi
h ruizi
h saltuarius
h sauli
h shuar
h sordidatus
h spilotogaster
h subpunctatus
h sylvaticus
h toachi
h utcubambensis
h vergeli
h vertebralis
h whymperi
## Expanded genus for Minyobates
m steyermarki
## Expanded genus for Oophaga
o arborea
o granulifera
o histrionica
o lehmanni
o occultator
o pumilio
o speciosa
o sylvatica
o vicentei
## Expanded genus for Phyllobates
p aurotaenia
p bicolor
p lugubris
p terribilis
p vittatus
## Expanded genus for Silverstoneia
s erasmios
s flotator
s nubicola
## Expanded genus for Ranitomeya
r amazonica
r benedicta
r cyanovittata
r defleri
r fantastica
r flavovittata
r imitator
r reticulata
r sirensis
r summersi
r toraro
r uakarii
r vanzolinii
r variabilis
r ventrimaculata
r yavaricola
previous configuration

Cross Breeding Dart Frogs is frowned upon and recommended against by most sources.

Species Name: Dendrobates tinctorius

Common Name: Dyeing dart frog

Blue Sipaliwini
Brazilian Cobalt
French Guiana Cobalt
Surinam Cobalt
Giant Orange
Green Sipaliwini

Species Name: Ranitomeya ventrimaculata

Common Name: reticulated poison frog

Grey Leg

Species Name: Ranitomeya lamasi

Common Name: Pasco poison frog

Species Name: Ranitomeya imitator

Common Name: Mimic poison frog/poison arrow frog


Species Name: Epipedobates

Common Name: Phantasmal Dart Frog


Species Name: Dendrobates truncatus

Common Name: Yellow-striped Dart Frog

Species Name: Dendrobates leucomelas

Common Name: Bumble Bee Dart frog, Yellow Banded Dart frog

Fine Spotted
Green Legged

Species Name: Dendrobates auratus

Common Name: Green and black Dart Frog

Costa Rican Green & Black
Panamanian Green & Black
Green & Bronze
Blue & Bronze
Ancon Hill

Species Name: Oophaga pumilio

Common Name: Strawberry Dart Frog

Orange & Green legged

Species Name: Adelphobates galactonotus

Common Name: splashback poison frog

Solid Orange

Species Name: Phyllobates

Common Name: ?

below are all subspecies

Terribilis /Golden

yellow banded
orange banded

black legged
green legged
solid yellow
solid orange
solid black
solid green

yellow wide
red wide
orange wide
yellow narrow
red narrow
orange narrow
turquoise legged
green legged
blue legged



Galactonotus is actually Adelphobates, not dendrobates. There’s also various Phyllobates such as P. Vittatus, P. Terribilis (As far as I know there is a golden and mint variety of this one), P. Bicolor, and P. Aurotaenia. I’ve only seen Vittatus and Terribilis for sale though.


I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, every time I look at our ads on MM for Dart Frogs, they’re disorganized and there’s ads from other species in there as well that aren’t Dart Frogs. Overall, I think this is a category we really need to organize by species and then locale, (ex. Oophaga> pumilio >Nicaraguan Strawberry Blue Jeans/Bastimentos/Bisira, or Ranitomeya> fantastica> True Nominal/Varadero/Chazuta) and not describe the locales as morphs. We can organize this by species/locale much more accurately, in a way that’s simpler to navigate for both buyers and sellers, I feel, and it also gives the proper impression of how dart frog locales should be kept, rather than letting beginner dart frog keepers and enthusiasts see “morph” and and thinking that means interbreeding is possible as with reptiles like ball pythons and boas, and although it is, I intend to make my point about the impression this leaves as one invested in the “hobby”. (I absolutely hate to refer to keeping and breeding as a hobby, this is a science, and an art) If I get the opportunity to later on tonight, I’d like to attempt to present something similar to my example based on our current listings and how we could possibly reorganize them.


Im all ears. We are always looking to improve categories and I’m excited to see what your revision looks like.


Alright, so here we have two examples of the webpage after making some changes to the way our current stock was categorized. I did not modify the number bubbles on the overview page, so they are inaccurate. I also do not have access to whatever font(s) we use for the website, so it looks a bit different but you get the idea.

In summary, our categories for species currently available are as follows:

Adelphobates galactonotus
Ameerga bassleri
Dendrobates auratus
Dendrobates leucomelas
Dendrobates tinctorius
Epipdobates anthonyi
Phyllobates terribilis
Phyllobates bicolor
Ranitomeya lamasi
Ranitomeya sirensis

As for locales, such as D. terribilis locales Blackfoot and Mint, I believe they should be in the D. terribilis section together, with the additional locales for all other species to be done the same way.

For example, we have at least 9 different locales of the species Dendrobates auratus:
Blue and Black, Bocas Del Toro, Golden, Green and Black, Green and Bronze, Highland Bronze, Reticulated Blue and Black, Super Green, and Turquoise and Black.

The way it’s currently organized, most of these are in the Other Category under Dart Frogs, with 4 in the “Green and Black (D. auratus)” category.

Now, there’s also several listings I came across that don’t belong in the Dart Frog category.

Mantella aurantiaca
Mantella betsileo
Mantella nigricans
Mantella viridis

These are all species of mantella, which although is similar in size and shares some similar physical attributes, they are an entirely different type of frog. We should have Mantella in Other Amphibians category, in their own section there along with Bullfrogs, Horned Toads, Toads, Other Frogs, Salamanders, Newts, and Other(Amphibia).

Additionally, Atelopus barbotini is a toad, and should be in the Toads section within the Other Amphibians category.


I love this idea. I think it would make it much more organized. Right now if I were looking for a frog I’d have to look at the species subcategory and the other subcategory which defeats the purpose of the species subcategory.


This is great! Thank you!

I’ve added some common names on your post, do I have the right ones?

I believe this is a case of sellers using the wrong category, however as we increase category count we will keep this in mind.


@eaglereptiles to be completely honest, coming from keeping dart frogs myself, it’s actually mildly confusing to use common names, as most of them are labeled as their locales, such as Bocas Del Toro, although a majority are labeled by coloration based on that locale. So I don’t use common names, and I suppose we could, but in a purist sense, most people looking to buy dart frogs seriously will find it unnecessary to label them with the common names.


I suppose what I’m saying is common names, in reference to dart frogs, is a bit of a relevant term, because most people that keep dart frogs don’t go by the “common name”.


I know of some hobbyists that won’t even buy from places that use common names (and some tarantula keepers too).


Absolutely, and this is a major reason behind why I recommend the format without common names being used, at least not as our primary label of a species. If you told me you had Golden Poison Dart Frogs, but couldn’t identify the scientific name, even if I told it to you, I probably wouldn’t do business with you, because there’s always a chance of mix ups with locales and species. Take Ranitomeya, for example. There are Ranitomeya imitator, and Ranitomeya fantastica, and you have R. imitator “Varadero”… But there’s also R. fantastica “Varadero”. Now, here’s the thing. R. imitator was formerly known as Dendrobates imitator. This frog is commonly known as the “Mimic Poison Dart Frog” , due to it’s apparent mimickry of other thumbnail species that occur sympatrically. Now, R. imitator IS a poison dart frog, just to clear up any confusion, this imitation they refer to is imitation of other species of Ranitomeya, such as fantastica, but have been identified as a separate species. But that’s one locale of an entire species that gets that “Mimic” common name and it’s the entire R. imitator species that’s actually in consideration of being mimics, that all are from different localities and look different than the rest of the species. Following that, R. fantastica “Varadero” do not have a common name, as far as I am able to research. So you see how that can be confusing?


This is a copy and paste from a recent post by Ruffing’s Ranitomeya, but should cover the extent of the Ranitomeya genus and current taxonomy.

Ranitomeya revision summary

After some reading and discussion with others, I finalized a summary of the taxonomic revisions from the recent Ranitomeya research paper. Feel free to screenshot and save this resource.

To add, after reading the paper a few times there multiple interesting developments and theories. More taxonomic changes could be on their way as this genus is better understood. :slight_smile:

• Ranitomeya amazonica
• Research summary: R. amazonica from French Guiana and eastern Brazil as R. variabilis.
• Hobby implication: R. amazonica “French Guiana” is now R. variabilis “French Guiana”

• Ranitomeya benedicta
• Research summary: no taxonomic changes
• Hobby implication: no change

• Ranitomeya cyanovittata
• Research summary: no taxonomic changes
• Hobby implication: not represented in the hobby

• Ranitomeya defleri
• Research summary: no taxonomic changes
• Hobby implication: not represented in the hobby

• Ranitomeya fantastica
• Research summary: individuals previously assigned to R. fantastica from the lower Huallaga River populations at Boca Toma and Pongo Isla in Peru are actually are now R. summersi
• Hobby implication: R. fantastica “Reticulated” and “White Banded” changed to R. summersi “Reticulated” and “White Banded.”

• Ranitomeya flavovittata
• Research summary: no taxonomic changes
• Hobby implication: no change

• Ranitomeya imitator
• Research summary: no taxonomic changes
• Hobby implication: no change

• Ranitomeya reticulata
• Research summary: no taxonomic change
• Hobby implication: no change

• Ranitomeya sirensis
• Research summary: no taxonomic changes
• Hobby implication: no change

• Ranitomeya summersi
• Scientifically: individuals previously assigned to R. fantastica from the lower Huallaga River populations at Boca Toma and Pongo Isla in Peru are actually are now R. summersi
• Hobby: R. fantastica “Reticulated” and “White Banded” changed to R. summersi “Reticulated” and “White Banded.”

• Ranitomeya toraro
• Research summary: no taxonomic changes
• Hobby implication: not represented in the hobby

• Ranitomeya aff. uakarii
• Research summary: additional investigation to raise to species status
• Hobby implication: not represented in the hobby

• Ranitomeya uakarii
• Research summary: recovered as paraphyletic with R. uakarii “Toraro” morph considered R. aff. uakarii
• Hobby implication: no change

• Ranitomeya vanzolinii
• Research summary: no taxonomic changes
• Hobby implication: no change

• Ranitomeya variabilis
• Research summary: R. amazonica from French Guiana and eastern Brazil as R. variabilis.
• Hobby implication: R. amazonica “French Guiana” is now R. variabilis “French Guiana”

• Ranitomeya ventrimaculata
• Research summary: no taxonomic change
• Hobby implication: no change

• Ranitomeya yavaricola
• Research summary: no taxonomic change
• Hobby implication: not represented in the hobby

I will add other information for the other genus of dart frogs later on as I gather up what data I have and fill in any blanks.


Hey @erie-herps, can you please decipher everything in this post and come up with 10-15 categories/buckets. :pray:

Anything that isn’t commonly found in the pet trade can just go under “Other Dart Frogs”.


Perhaps this is easier to understand.


Other dart frog genus, aside from Ranitomeya, unexpanded, are as follows.













Expanded genus for Adelphobates

Adelphobates castaneoticus

Adelphobates galactonotus

Adelphobates quinquevittatus

Expanded genus for Ameerega

Ameerega altamazonica

Ameerega andina

Ameerega bassleri

Ameerega bilinguis

Ameerega boliviana

Ameerega braccata

Ameerega cainarachi

Ameerega erythromos

Ameerega flavopicta

Ameerega hahneli

Ameerega ingeri

Ameerega labialis

Ameerega macero

Ameerega maculata

Ameerega parvula

Ameerega peruviridis

Ameerega petersi

Ameerega picta

Ameerega planipaleae

Ameerega pongoensis

Ameerega pulchripecta

Ameerega rubriventris

Ameerega silverstonei

Ameerega simulans

Ameerega smaragdina

Ameerega trivittata

Ameerega yungicola

Expanded genus for Colostethus

Colostethus agilis

Colostethus alacris

Colostethus brachistriatus

Colostethus dysprosium

Colostethus fraterdanieli

Colostethus fugax

Colostethus furviventris

Colostethus imbricolus

Colostethus inguinalis

Colostethus jacobuspetersi

Colostethus latinasus

Colostethus lynchi

Colostethus mertensi

Colostethus panamansis

Colostethus poecilonotus

Colostethus pratti

Colostethus ramirezi

Colostethus ruthveni

Colostethus thorntoni

Colostethus ucumari

Colostethus yaguara

Expanded genus for Dendrobates

Dendrobates auratus

Dendrobates leucomelas

Dendrobates nubeculosus

Dendrobates tinctorius

Dendrobates truncatus

Expanded genus for Epipedobates

Epipedobates anthonyi

Epipedobates boulengeri

Epipedobates espinosai

Epipedobates machalilla

Epipedobates narinensis

Epipedobates tricolor

Expanded genus for Excidobates

Excidobates captivus

Excidobates mysteriosus

Expanded genus for Hyloxalus

Hyloxalus abditaurantius

Hyloxalus aeruginosus

Hyloxalus anthracinus

Hyloxalus argyrogaster

Hyloxalus awa

Hyloxalus azureiventris

Hyloxalus betancuri

Hyloxalus bocagei

Hyloxalus borjai

Hyloxalus breviquartus

Hyloxalus cevallosi

Hyloxalus chlorocraspedus

Hyloxalus chocoensis

Hyloxalus delatorreae

Hyloxalus edwardsi

Hyloxalus elachyhistus

Hyloxalus eleutherodactylus

Hyloxalus exasperatus

Hyloxalus excisus

Hyloxalus faciopunctulatus

Hyloxalus fallax

Hyloxalus fascianigrus

Hyloxalus fuliginosus

Hyloxalus idiomelus

Hyloxalus infraguttatus

Hyloxalus insulatus

Hyloxalus lehmanni

Hyloxalus leucophaeus

Hyloxalus littoralis

Hyloxalus maculosus

Hyloxalus maquipucuna

Hyloxalus marmoreoventris

Hyloxalus mittermeieri

Hyloxalus mystax

Hyloxalus nexipus

Hyloxalus parcus

Hyloxalus patitae

Hyloxalus peculiaris

Hyloxalus peruvianus

Hyloxalus pinguis

Hyloxalus pulchellus

Hyloxalus pulcherrimus

Hyloxalus pumilus

Hyloxalus ramosi

Hyloxalus ruizi

Hyloxalus saltuarius

Hyloxalus sauli

Hyloxalus shuar

Hyloxalus sordidatus

Hyloxalus spilotogaster

Hyloxalus subpunctatus

Hyloxalus sylvaticus

Hyloxalus toachi

Hyloxalus utcubambensis

Hyloxalus vergeli

Hyloxalus vertebralis

Hyloxalus whymperi

Expanded genus for Minyobates

Minyobates steyermarki

Expanded genus for Oophaga

Oophaga arborea

Oophaga granulifera

Oophaga histrionica

Oophaga lehmanni

Oophaga occultator

Oophaga pumilio

Oophaga speciosa

Oophaga sylvatica

Oophaga vicentei

Expanded genus for Phyllobates

Phyllobates aurotaenia

Phyllobates bicolor

Phyllobates lugubris

Phyllobates terribilis

Phyllobates vittatus

Expanded genus for Silverstoneia

Silverstoneia erasmios

Silverstoneia flotator

Silverstoneia nubicola

This list is complete, along with the addition of the separate list of Ranitomeya in the previous post. Please feel free to let me know if there’s anything missing. This should be more than enough information to complete what I began working on originally, though.


Right I think I’m following perfectly now. Thank you!

Would labeling tags with the short hand names cause any confusion or is there a need for the full name?
For example…

  • A. macero
  • A. maculata
  • A. parvula
  • A. peruviridis
  • A petersi
  • A. picta
  • A. planipaleae

Could we even remove the subspecies from the name completely and it still make sense within the community?

Such as:

  • Macero
  • Maculata
  • Parvula
  • Peruviridis
  • Petersi
  • Picta
  • Planipaleae
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I believe this format is the most sensible.


So now we have that worked out.

What about actual phenotype morphs in each locale. What do we have?

For example, are we seeing any Albino/Axanthic/Leucistic Hyloxalus fascianigrus?

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I’m not totally sure but would it go something like this? Dart Frogs → Ranitomeya → Fantastica? Or would it be best to have every single species, since the ones that don’t have ads won’t show up?
There are albino dart frogs but they aren’t widely available yet.