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Andinobates virolinensis
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Information
Common Name Santander Poison Frog
Range Colombia where it is confined to the Santander and Cundinamarca departments on the Cordillera Oriental.
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Amphibia
Order Anura
Family Dendrobatidae
Genus Andinobates
Species Andinobates virolinensis
Conservation Status
ENSpecies
Endangered

Andinobates virolinensis, also known as the Santander poison frog, is a species of frog in the Dendrobatidae family. It is endemic to Colombia where it is confined to the Santander and Cundinamarca departments on the Cordillera Oriental.

Description

Andinobates virolinensis are small frogs, measuring up to 19 mm (0.75 in) in snout-vent length.

Andinobates virolinensis live on the floor of cloud forest. Females lay the eggs in leaf-litter, and the males bring the larvae to the bromeliads. Reproduction occurs throughout the year. The diet consists of various arthropods, including mites, springtails, ants, and insect larvae. Thus, their diet is broadly similar to other poison dart frogs.

Conservation

Andinobates virolinensis is considered "Endangered" by IUCN because it is known from very few locations and because its habitat is threatened by habitat loss, primarily due to agricultural expansion. However, where it occurs it is a common species.

Andinobates virolinensis is sometimes found in pet trade, despite the Decree INDERENA No. 39 from July 1985 that forbade the collection of dendrobatids from the wild for breeding (or other) purposes.

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