Supriya Ghosh

Andinobates virolinensis

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Kingdom  Animalia
Order  Anura
Genus  Andinobates
Higher classification  Poison-dart Frogs
Phylum  Chordata
Family  Dendrobatidae
Scientific name  Dendrobates virolensis
Rank  Species
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Similar  Poison dart frog, Frog, Andean poison frog, Amphibians, Andinobates altobueyensis

Andinobates virolinensis (the Santander poison frog) is a species of frog in the Dendrobatidae family. It is endemic to Colombia where it is confined to the Santander and Cundinamarca departments on the Cordillera Oriental.

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Description

Andinobates virolinensis are small frogs, measuring up to 19 mm (0.75 in) in snout-vent length.

Habitat, life cycle, and diet

Andinobates virolinensis live on the floor of cloud forest. Females lay the eggs in leaf-litter, and the males bring the larvae to the bromeliads. Reproduction occurs throughout the year. The diet consists of various arthropods, including mites, springtails, ants, and insect larvae. Thus, their diet is broadly similar to other poison dart frogs.

Conservation

Andinobates virolinensis is considered "Endangered" by IUCN because it is known from very few locations and because its habitat is threatened by habitat loss, primarily due to agricultural expansion. However, where it occurs it is a common species.

Andinobates virolinensis is sometimes found in pet trade, despite the Decree INDERENA No. 39 from July 1985 that forbade the collection of dendrobatids from the wild for breeding (or other) purposes.

References

Andinobates virolinensis Wikipedia


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