Adelphobates galactonotus

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Adelphobates galactonotus
Dendrobates galactonotus.jpg
Yellow-backed variant (above, captive) and yellow-and-black netted variant (below, from Cristalino State Park)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Dendrobatidae
Genus: Adelphobates
Species: A. galactonotus
Binomial name
Adelphobates galactonotus
(Steindachner, 1864)
Map of northeastern Brazil, showing a highlighted range (in red) covering a roughly triangular area south of the lower reaches of the Amazon River
Distribution of the splash-backed poison frog

Dendrobates galactonotus Steindachner, 1864
Dendrobates paraensis Boulenger, 1913

Adelphobates galactonotus (splash-backed poison frog or splashback poison frog) is a species of poison dart frog. It is endemic to the rainforest of the southern Amazon Basin in Brazil.[2] Its natural habitats are tropical moist lowland forests. The eggs are laid on the ground, but the tadpoles are carried to temporary pools. Though it remains widespread and locally common, it is threatened by habitat loss[1] and has already disappeared from some localities due to deforestation and flooding caused by dams.[3] The species is relatively common in captivity and regularly bred, but the wild populations are still at risk from illegal collection.[3]

The best known variants of this species are black below and yellow, orange or red above, but its color is extremely variable with some having whitish-mint or light blue upperparts, some having a mottled or spotted pattern above, and some being almost all whitish (popularly known as "moonshine" among captive frog keepers), yellow-orange or black.[3] It has been speculated that some morphs were separate species, but genetic testing have revealed virtually no difference between them (including a distinctive variant from Cristalino State Park with a yellow-and-black netted pattern) and the distributions of the morphs do not follow a clear geographic pattern as expected if they were separate species.[3] This relatively large poison dart frog has a snout-vent length of up to 42 mm (1.7 in).[3]


  1. ^ a b Miguel Trefaut Rodrigues; Claudia Azevedo-Ramos; Marinus Hoogmoed (2013). "Adelphobates galactonotus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2013: e.T55185A11253730. Retrieved 15 December 2015. 
  2. ^ Frost, Darrel R. (2015). "Adelphobates galactonotus (Steindachner, 1864)". Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0. American Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 15 December 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Hoogmoed, Marinus S.; Avila-Pires, Teresa C. S. (2012). "Inventory of color polymorphism in populations of Dendrobates galactonotus (Anura: Dendrobatidae), a poison frog endemic to Brazil". Phyllomedusa. 11 (2): 95–115. doi:10.11606/issn.2316-9079.v11i2p95-115. 

External links[edit]

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