Ameerega parvula (Boulenger, 1882)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Superfamily: Dendrobatoidea > Family: Dendrobatidae > Subfamily: Colostethinae > Genus: Ameerega > Species: Ameerega parvula

Dendrobates parvulus Boulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 145, pl. 12, fig. 6. Syntypes: BMNH 1947.2.30.89-90; BMNH 1947.2.30.89 designated lectotype by Silverstone, 1976, Sci. Bull. Nat. Hist. Mus. Los Angeles Co., 27: 36. Type locality: "Sarayacu", Pastaza, Ecuador and "Canelos", Pastaza, Ecuador; restricted to Sarayacu, Pastaza, Ecuador, by lectotype designation.

Prostherapis festae Peracca, 1904, Boll. Mus. Zool. Anat. Comp. Univ. Torino, 19 (465): 16. Syntypes: MZUT (3 specimens) according to original description; MZUT An87 (2 specimens) according to Gavetti and Andreone, 1993, Cat. Mus. Reg. Sci. Nat., Torino, 10: 84; location of third syntype unknown. Type locality: "Valle Santiago", eastern Ecuador. See comment regarding type locality by Rivero and Almendáriz C., 1992 "1991", Politécnica, Quito, 16: 116-117. Synonymy by Coloma, 1995, Misc. Publ. Mus. Nat. Hist. Univ. Kansas, 87: 57.

Phyllobates festaeBarbour and Noble, 1920, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 63: 401.

Colostethus festaeEdwards, 1971, Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington, 84: 148.

Phyllobates parvulusSilverstone, 1975, Sci. Bull. Nat. Hist. Mus. Los Angeles Co., 21: 11.

Dendrobates parvulusMyers, Daly, and Malkin, 1978, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 161: 332.

Epipedobates parvulusMyers, 1987, Pap. Avulsos Zool., São Paulo, 36: 303.

Phyllobates (Pseudendrobates) parvulusBauer, 1988, Het Paludarium, Netherlands, November: 6.

Ameerega parvulaFrost, Grant, Faivovich, Bain, Haas, Haddad, de Sá, Channing, Wilkinson, Donnellan, Raxworthy, Campbell, Blotto, Moler, Drewes, Nussbaum, Lynch, Green, and Wheeler, 2006, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 297: 130, by implication; Grant, Frost, Caldwell, Gagliardo, Haddad, Kok, Means, Noonan, Schargel, and Wheeler, 2006, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 299: 164.

English Names

Ruby Poison Frog (Ameerega parvula: Walls, 1994, Jewels of the Rainforest: 25; Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 50).

Ruby Poison-arrow Frog (Ameerega parvula: Ananjeva, Borkin, Darevsky, and Orlov, 1988, Dict. Amph. Rept. Five Languages: 49).

Valle Santiago Rocket Frog (Colostethus festae [no longer recognized]: Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 48).


Upper Amazon Basin in southern Ecuador and northern Peru, 150–1000 m elevation.


 Rodríguez and Duellman, 1994, Univ. Kansas Mus. Nat. Hist. Spec. Publ., 22: 19, provided a brief account as Epipedobates parvulus. See account by Lötters, Jungfer, Henkel, and Schmidt, 2007, Poison Frogs: 346-348, who placed this species in their Ameerega picta group. Poelman, Verkade, and van Wijngaarden, 2010, J. Herpetol., 44: 409-417, reported on larval morphology.

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