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Phylogenetic systematics of dart-poison frogs and their relatives (Amphibia, Athesphatanura, Dendrobatidae). Bulletin of the AMNH ; no. 299. Authors: Grant, Taran.; Frost, Darrel R.; Caldwell, Janalee P.; Gagliardo, Ron; Haddad, Celio F.B.; Kok, Philippe J.R.; Means, D. Bruce; Noonan, Brice P.; Schargel, Walter E.; Wheeler, Ward.

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Abstract The known diversity of dart-poison frog species has grown from 70 in the 1960s to 247 at present, with no sign that the discovery of new species will wane in the foreseeable future. Although this growth in knowledge of the diversity of this group has been accompanied by detailed investigations of many aspects of […]

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Preliminary evaluation of skin toxins and vocalizations in taxonomic and evolutionary studies of poison-dart frogs (Dendrobatidae). Bulletin of the AMNH ; V. 157, Article 3. Authors: Myers, Charles W.; Daly, John W.

Written by on April 4, 2015 in Research Papers with 0 Comments

Abstract Studies in progress reveal at least three novel classes of toxic alkaloids in skin secretions of Neotropical dendrobatid frogs. Batrachotoxins are characterized by a steroidal ring structure; those batrachotoxins having a pyrrole carboxylate substituent are among the most toxic of nonprotein poisons. Pumiliotoxins are less toxic and poorly known, but pumiliotoxins A and B […]

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Discovery of the Costa Rican poison frog Dendrobates granuliferus in sympatry with Dendrobates pumilio, and comments on taxonomic use of skin alkaloids. American Museum Novitates; no. 3144. Authors: Myers, Charles W.; Daly, John W.; Garraffo, H. Martin.; Wisnieski, Anthony.; Cover, John F.

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Abstract Dendrobates granuliferus, previously thought to be a characteristic endemic of Pacific-side rain forest in the Golfo Dulce region, was found in sympatry with Dendrobates pumilio on the Caribbean coast of southeastern Costa Rica, near the Panamanian border. The sympatric frogs were easily separated by features of coloration and skin texture. Relative abundance in microsympatry […]

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A dangerously toxic new frog (Phyllobates) used by Emberá Indians of western Colombia, with discussion of blowgun fabrication and dart poisoning. Bulletin of the AMNH ; v. 161, article 2. Authors: Myers, Charles W.; Daly, John W.; Malkin, Borys.

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Abstract Phyllobates terribilis, a remarkably toxic new species of frog, is described from the vicinity of an Emberá Chocó settlement in lowland rain forest of Pacific coastal Colombia. It is the third frog definitely known to be used for poisoning darts; the other species are P. aurotaenia and P. bicolor. Toxicity of the skin secretions […]

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Strawberry Dart Frogs of Bocas del Toro

Written by on January 16, 2015 in Videos: Documentaries with 0 Comments
Strawberry Dart Frogs of Bocas del Toro

The Bocas del Toro Caribbean archipelago to the north of Panama is home to an amazing variety of Strawberry Dart frogs, Oophaga pumilio – each of the main islands having a unique color morph.  Colors range from red to blue and orange to green, making it one of the most polymorphic of any animal species […]

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Behind the Scenes at Josh’s Frogs

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Behind the Scenes at Josh’s Frogs

Founded in 2004 and based in Owosso, Michigan, Josh’s Frogs is the largest producer of captive bred poison dart frogs in North America. One of their aims is “conservation through commercialization” – the hope being that by supplying large numbers of high quality captive bred frogs into the hobby, people will no longer be tempted […]

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Beginners Guide to Dart Frog Care: top 10 secrets to success – part 3

Written by on January 13, 2015 in Captive Care with 0 Comments
Beginners Guide to Dart Frog Care:  top 10 secrets to success – part 3

This is the last of a three part series looking at the top 10 secrets to success for keeping poison dart frogs in captivity.  Part 1 looked at choosing which species to keep, with part 2 focusing on getting the micro-climate right.  Now it’s time to get creative with the vivarium’s interior design. Part 3 […]

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Beginners Guide to Dart Frog Care: top 10 secrets to success – part 2

Written by on January 13, 2015 in Captive Care with 0 Comments
Beginners Guide to Dart Frog Care:  top 10 secrets to success – part 2

This is the second of a three part series looking at the top 10 secrets to success for keeping poison dart frogs in captivity.  Part 1 introduced some ways of selecting which species to keep, where to purchase them and what kind of vivarium to keep them in.  Now it’s time to make sure all […]

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Top 10 Dart Frog Facts

Written by on January 7, 2015 in Introduction with 0 Comments
Top 10 Dart Frog Facts

Poison Dart frogs are among the most amazing, highly adapted animals on the planet.  Most people’s image of a frog is of a green, semi-aquatic animal with webbed feet, that typically hides away during the day and lays hundreds of eggs in ponds.  Poison Dart frogs break all these rules! Here’s a top ten list […]

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The Golden Dart frog: the most poisonous animal on earth

Written by on January 7, 2015 in Toxicity with 0 Comments
The Golden Dart frog: the most poisonous animal on earth

While its common name describes its beautiful color, the Golden Dart frog’s scientific name tells a different story – Phyllobates terribilis – terrible as just one small frog can produce enough poison to kill 10 grown men.  At little more than 3 inches (60mm) long this dart frog may look harmless but its skin toxin […]

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