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Ranitomeya claudiae Jungfer, Lotters, and Jorgens 2000

Data Deficient (IUCN 3.1)



Species description based on Lotters et al (2007). A small, poison frog.


The dorsal surface is black or dark brown, with a narrow light (orange or yellow towards the head, fading to white towards the rear) stripe extending from the snout over the eye along the sides of the body to the rear of the animal. A second, whiter stripe extends along the lip line above the arm to the groin. The upper surfaces of the forearm are light, and the upper surfaces of the thighs are mottled white and brown.

Taxonomy and systematics



Jungfer, Lotters, and Jorgens 2000


Dendrobates claudiae, Dendrobates mimulus

Type locality

Panamá: Pronvincia Bocas del Toro: Festland westlich der Island Loma partida (82° 11′ W/09° 09′ N

Habitat and distribution


Lowland forest on two islands in the Bocas archipelago to 140 m.


Ranitomeya claudiae is known only from the type locality in Panama.


Burton, TC. 1998. Pointing the way: The distribution and evolution of some characters of the finger muscles of frogs. American Museum Novitates 3229: 1-13.

Grant, T, DR Frost, JP Caldwell, R Gagliardo, CFB Haddad, PJR Kok, DB Means, BP Noonan, WE Schargel, and WC Wheeler. 2006. Phylogenetic systematics of dart-poison frogs and their relatives (Amphibia: Athesphatanura: Dendrobatidae). Sistemática filogenética de las ranas venenosas y sus afines (Amphibia: Athesphatanura: Dendrobatidae). Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 299: 1-262.

Jungfer, K-H, S Lötters, and D Jörgens. 2000. Der kleinste Pfeilgiftfrosche—eine neue Dendrobates-Art aus West-Panama. Herpetofauna. Weinstadt 22:11–18.

Lotters, S, KH Jungfer, FW Henkel, and W Schmidt. 2007. Poison Frogs. Biology, Species & Captive Maintenance. Frankfurt am Main: Edition Chimaira.

Ostrowski, T. 2003. Dendrobates claudiae and Phyllobates lugubris - zwei Pfeilgift-froesche aus Panama im gleichen Kleid. Reptilia ?: 72-75.

Roberts, JL, JL Brown, R von May, W Arizabal, A Presar, R Symula, R Schulte, and K Summers. 2009. Phylogenetic relationships among poison frogs of the genus Dendrobates (Dendrobatidae): a molecular perspective from increased taxon sampling. The Herpetological Journal 16(4): 377-385.