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Adult males reach sizes between 19-24.5 mm snout-vent length, while females grow slightly bigger at 21.5-26.5 mm snout-vent length (Caldwell and Summers 2003, as E. tricolor; see Comments section for note on taxonomy). Hind limbs are short and powerful. As is the case for all dendrobatids, divided scutes are present on the fingers and toes (Caldwell and Summers 2003). Adults are red with yellow or white oblique lateral and mid-dorsal stripes (Graham et al. 2004).
Epipedobates anthonyi is part of the Epipedobates tricolor clade, considered in the literature as either a separate species (e.g. Schulte 1999), or conspecific with E. tricolor (e.g. Santos et al. 2003, but see Graham et al. 2004 for debate), or pooled with E. tricolor (e.g. Summers and Clough 2001). Thus, descriptions may apply to E. tricolor as well as E. anthonyi in some instances (see Graham et al. 2004 for a review).
The type locality of E. anthonyi is in southwestern Ecuador (Salvia, El Oro Province), while that of E. tricolor lies in central Ecuador, on the western slopes of the Andes (El Porvenir, Bolívar Province) (Darst and Cannatella 2005).