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Poison-dart frog

Ameerega bassleri


Colourful frog as seen in the photo. It is probably a poison-dart frog and around an inch in size.


Rainforest at the top of a ridge at about 1100 m. It is close to a major road and spoilt habitat, but there is also quite a bit of forest left.


I have now learnt that this species is restricted to a small area in one part of the San Martin Region of Peru. This is one of the more colourful ones of the most common morph of the species. They are found between 600-1200 m.

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Les Catchick
Les Catchick 4 years ago


DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 4 years ago

Congratulations Les!

Les Catchick
Les Catchick 4 years ago

Thanks Jim.
Totally unexpected but a highlight for me of the trip.

Jim Nelson
Jim Nelson 4 years ago

Well done, Les. on your SOTW!

Les Catchick
Les Catchick 4 years ago

Thanks Daniele, (which I seem to o often) and Leuba.
It is the first time for some years I have managed to photograph a frog I really loved. Often others with me see some I don't but this single sighting more than made up for many I have missed this year.
No one else even saw it.
The restricted range means a lot less to me than the colouring.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 4 years ago

Congratulations Les on your SOTW - handsome little froggie !

DanielePralong 4 years ago

Congratulations Les, your poison dart frog has been voted Spotting of the Week! The quality of your image together with the information provided, restricted range and colorful appeal of the species won you the vote.

"Commonly known as Pleasing Poison Frog, Ameerega bassleri has been voted Spotting of the Week! Poison dart frog or poison frog is the common name given to a group of frogs in the family Dendrobatidae native to Central and South America. Many poison dart frogs secrete toxins through their skin and also display bright aposematic colors. Some poison dart frogs species such as Ameerega bassleri come in a number of conspecific color morphs. The frog pictured here is a particularly colorful version of the Tarapoto morph, with orange, black, yellow and lime green markings. This species is restricted to a small area of the San Martín Region of Peru.
For more information on Ameerega bassleri: "



Les Catchick
Les Catchick 4 years ago

Thanks Ashley and Dominik.
I got in touch with a researcher of frogs in that area and it was him who gave me the information I have used.

bayucca 4 years ago

Nice one, Les!! Actually it is the Tarapoto morph of Amereega bassleri.

AshleyT 4 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Les Catchick
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Les Catchick

Barranquita, San Martín, Peru

Spotted on Sep 18, 2018
Submitted on Oct 13, 2018

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