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Colostethus is a genus of poison dart frogs native to Central and South America, from Panama south to Colombia, Ecuador, and northern Peru. Their common name is rocket frogs,[1] but this name may refer to frogs in other genera and families, following the taxonomic revision of the genus in 2006.[2]




Colostethus fraterdanieli

Scientific classification :







Cope, 1866

Diversity :

20 species

Taxonomy :


Colostethus was found to be "rampantly nonmonophyletic" in the taxonomic revision of poison dart frogs published in 2006.[3] Before the revision, it had 138 species, but this was reduced to 18 species, after the former Colostethus were distributed among eight genera in two families, that is, in Dendrobatidae and in the newly established family Aromobatidae (e..g., Anomaloglossus). Within Dendrobatidae, many former Colostethus species were moved to Hyloxalus, while three were moved to the new Silverstoneia genus.[3] Nevertheless, Colostethusis still considered paraphyletic because some Colostethus are more colosely related to Ameerega than to other Colostethus.[1]


Description :

Dorsal colouration is cryptic, brown. A pale oblique lateral stripe is present (but may be broken or incomplete). Dorsal skin is granular posteriorly. In adult males, third finger is swollen.[3]


Species :


There are currently 20 species in this genus:[1]


  • Colostethus agilis Lynch and Ruiz-Carranza, 1985

  • Colostethus alacris Rivero and Granados-Díaz, 1990

  • Colostethus argyrogaster Morales and Schulte, 1993

  • Colostethus brachistriatus Rivero and Serna, 1986

  • Colostethus dysprosium Rivero and Serna, 2000

  • Colostethus fraterdanieli Silverstone, 1971

  • Colostethus fugax Morales and Schulte, 1993

  • Colostethus furviventris Rivero and Serna, 1991

  • Colostethus imbricolus Silverstone, 1975

  • Colostethus inguinalis (Cope, 1868)

  • Colostethus jacobuspetersi Rivero, 1991

  • Colostethus latinasus (Cope, 1863)

  • Colostethus lynchi Grant, 1998

  • Colostethus mertensi (Cochran and Goin, 1964)

  • Colostethus panamansis (Dunn, 1933)

  • Colostethus pratti (Boulenger, 1899)

  • Colostethus ruthveni Kaplan, 1997

  • Colostethus thorntoni (Cochran and Goin, 1970)

  • Colostethus ucumari Grant, 2007

  • Colostethus yaguara Rivero and Serna, 1991



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Video :

Santa Marta poison arrow frog, Colostethus ruthveni, Sierra nevada de Santa marta

Species :


This species is less popular among the hobbyists ,  due to the lack of colors and shape or anything unusual ..
here is a limited review for this genus species ..

Madagascar Dart frogs


Aromobatidae :

 South America Dart Frogs -  Species 


Dendrobatidae :

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