IUCN threat status:

Near Threatened (NT)

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Oophaga sylvatica (Dendrobatidae) is a diurnal species of poison frog found in the tropical rainforests of northwestern Ecuador and western Colombia (Summers, 1992; Coloma et al., 2013). Like many dendrobatid frogs, O. sylvatica is toxic, and this toxicity is advertised by bright warning coloration (Grant et al., 2006). Previously considered to be within the species Dendrobates histrionicus, O. sylvatica has a similar life history but is differentiated into a separate species due to differences in color pattern and male mating calls (Lötters et al., 1999). Populations of O. sylvatica are highly polymorphic in coloration, ranging from dull brown to bright red to orange with spots of yellow. Oophaga sylvatica exhibits uniparental maternal care of eggs and tadpoles, which is a derived trait in the family (Grant et al., 2006). Oophaga sylvatica is currently listed as near threatened due to declining populations in Ecuador (Coloma et al., 2013).

Coloma, L. A., S. Ron, T. Grant, and S. Lötters. 2004. Oophaga sylvatica. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 08 May 2014

Grant, T., Frost, D. R., Caldwell, J. P., Gagliardo, R., Haddad, C. F. B., Kok, P. J. R., . . . Wheeler, W. C. 2006. Phylogenetic systematics of dart-poison frogs and their relatives (Amphibia: Athesphatanura: Dendrobatidae). Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 299: 1-262.

Summers, K. 1992. Mating strategies in two species of dart-poison frogs: a comparative study. Animal Behaviour 43: 907-919. Retrieved May 4, 2014, from http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0003-3472(06)80004-7

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