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Animal Database
La Brea Poison Frog
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Range Cordillera Occidental in the Cauca Department of Colombia.
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Amphibia
Order Anura
Family Dendrobatidae
Genus Oophaga
Species Oophaga occultator
Conservation Status
Data Deficient

The La Brea poison frog (Oophaga occultator) is a species of frog in the Dendrobatidae family. It is endemic to the Cordillera Occidental in the Cauca Department of Colombia.


This species lives mainly on the ground in undisturbed, lowland rainforest, but it can also be found perching on leaves at different levels above the ground. There are no degraded habitats within its tiny known range, and so its adaptability to secondary habitats is unknown. There is no information on its breeding habits, but it is likely to be similar to Oophaga histrionica, where the eggs are laid on the ground, and the tadpoles are transported to bromeliads by the female. There is little direct information on threats to this species, but the major threats are likely to include deforestation due to agricultural development, cultivation of illegal crops, logging, and human settlement, and also pollution resulting from the spraying of illegal crops. This species has never been involved in the international pet trade.