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Ameerega maculata Peters 1873

Data Deficient (IUCN 3.1)

Common name

Confusing Poison Frog


This rare species is endemic to Panama. Its existence is known only from a single specimen.

Taxonomy and systematics


  • Kingdom:Animalia


Peters 1873


Dendrobates maculatus, Dendrobates trivittatus var. maculata, Epipedobates maculatus

Type locality

"Chiriqui" (Panama)


The most recent reclassification of this species places it in the genus Ameerega based on the presence of a dense, even covering of granules on the dorsal surface (Grant et al 2006).

Habitat and distribution




Dunn, ER. 1931. New frogs from Panama and Costa Rica. Occasional Papers of the Boston Society of Natural History 5: 385-401.

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.

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

Myers, CW. 1982. Spotted poison frogs: descriptions of three new Dendrobates from western Amazonia, and resurrection of a lost species from Chiriqui. American Museum Novitates 2721: 1-23.

Myers, CW. 1987. New generic names from some neotropical poison frogs (Dendrobatidae). Papeis Avulsos de Zoologia. São Paulo 36: 301-306.

Peters, WCH. 1873. Über eine neue Schildrötenart, Cinosternon Effeldtii und einige andere neue oder weniger bekannte Amphibien. Monatsberichte der Koniglichen Preussische Akademie des Wissenschaften zu Berlin 1873: 603-618.