F is for…Ranitomeya Fantastica

Today is the sixth day of the April A to Z Challenge.  I will be writing about different frog species based on their latin species names!  See the introduction here.

 

Ranitomeya Fantastica -Fantastic Poison Frog

These frogs are gorgeous!  They hail from Peru, often found in the lowland forests.  In the forest, the fantastica frogs are very hard to spot in the wild as they scurry throughout the leaf litter.

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There are many types of the R. Fantastica including the Caynarachi/Yumbatos Morph, True Nominal Morph, Varadero/Paranapura, Reticulated, White Banded & Lowland.  Each morph varies based locality; each more beautiful than the last.

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I love the orange head on these frogs.

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The R. Fantastica is listed as least concern by the IUCN red list, some common threats are illegally harvested animals for the pet trade and habitat loss due to destruction and degradation.

Sources:

(1) Understory Enterprises(2) Dendrobates.org (3) Amphibiaweb

Image Sources:

(1) Dendrobase DE(2) Flickr User A_Stuckert (3) Green Oasis

 

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