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Dendrobatidae – Poison Dart Family

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(Dyeing poison frog –  Dendrobates tinctorius)

Dendrobatidae – Poison Dart Family

Number of Species: 170
Genera: 13 – Adelphobates, Andinobates, AmeeregaColostethus, DendrobatesEpipedobates, Excidobates, Hyloxalus, Minyobates, Oophaga, Phyllobates, Ranitomeya, and Silverstoneia

Poison dart or poison arrow frogs are one of the most popular frog families. They are known for the poison in their skin. The frogs themselves do not produce the poison but accumulate it from the food they eat. Poison dart frogs are not poisonous in captivity. They are found in Central and South America. The Dendrobatidae family used to be bigger, but taxonomists broke the family into two: Dentrobatidae and Aromobatidae. Aromobatidae are less colorful and less poisonous. A lot of poison dart frogs are great parents, showing high levels of parental care.

 

image source: http://www.uniprot.org/taxonomy/92724
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