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Reticulated Dart Frog, Red-backed Poison Frog

Ranitomeya reticulata


This tiny reticulated dart frog was shown to me at the Otorongo Lodge by the owner Antony Giardenelli, who found this new variation of the reticulated dart frog. If you check the literature, you'll see that typically this species is red clear down the middle of its back. This froglet is tiny, not quite ¾" long. It is considered moderately poisonous. This is likely a female, because males only reach about 12mm, and this is closer to 20mm, a size reached by females.


It was spotted in a moist area of the riverine forest on a bluff above the Amazon River.


Antony was hoping this was a new species, but authorities decided it was only a variation. Ah well, it's beautiful nevertheless.

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Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath 2 years ago

my dream frogy,,,, nice one

staccyh 2 years ago

Awesome series! :)

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Irene Brady
Irene Brady 2 years ago

Thanks, guys. I felt really honored to get to see it. Like many things, it was just a matter of being in the right place at the right time. And so TINY!

LindaAlisto 2 years ago

Amazing find Irene !!!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 2 years ago

Your lovely photos enhance the frog's uniqueness. Wonderful spotting Irene !

sunnyjosef 2 years ago

Wow! What a find Irene!!! T F S...

SukanyaDatta 2 years ago

Wonderful....words fail were lucky to see this and a variant too...even rarer. Thanks, for sharing.

Irene Brady
Irene Brady 2 years ago

Little Red Riding Hood?

LaurenZarate 2 years ago


Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 2 years ago

Wow what an amazing outfit.

Irene Brady
Irene Brady 2 years ago

Thanks, Reza! I felt really lucky to get a picture of such a tiny, beautiful, dangerous frog!

Awesome !

Loreto, Peru

Lat: -3.53, Long: -72.28

Spotted on Dec 21, 2010
Submitted on Feb 20, 2016

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