Ranitomeya imitator (Schulte, 1986)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Superfamily: Dendrobatoidea > Family: Dendrobatidae > Subfamily: Dendrobatinae > Genus: Ranitomeya > Species: Ranitomeya imitator

Dendrobates imitator Schulte, 1986, Sauria, Berlin, 8: 11. Holotype: MUSM (formerly MHNJP) 10501, by original designation. Type locality: "km 33, Carretera Tarapoto--Yurimaguas, Departamento San Martín, Peru. 550 m leg."

Ranitomeya imitatorBauer, 1988, Het Paludarium, Netherlands, November: 6.

Dendrobates imitator yurimaguensis-imitator Schulte, 1999, Pfeilgiftfrösche: 94. Nomen nudum. See Lötters and Vences, 2001 "2000", Salamandra, 36: 247-260.

Dendrobates imitator imitatorSchulte, 1999, Pfeilgiftfrösche: 94, by implication.

Dendrobates imitator yurimaguensis Schulte, 1999, Pfeilgiftfrösche: 104. Holotype: R. Schulte Collection BD 40, by original designation; presumably destined for MUSM. Type locality: "Tieflandurwald des Río Shanusi-Paranapura Refugiums, Alto Amazonas (Peru). Ca. 180-300 m NN". Distinctiveness from Dendrobates imitator imitator rejected by Lötters and Vences, 2001 "2000", Salamandra, 36: 247-260, and Lötters, Reichle, and Jungfer, 2003, J. Nat. Hist., London, 37: 1899-1911.

Dendrobates imitator intermedius Schulte, 1999, Pfeilgiftfrösche: 93. Holotype: R. Schulte Collection BD 27, by original designation; presumably destined for MUSM. Type locality: "Huallaga Canyon, Region San Martin, Peru, 200 m NN". Synonymy by Brown and Twomey IN Brown, Twomey, Amézquita, Souza, Caldwell, Lötters, von May, Melo-Sampaio, Mejía-Vargas, Pérez-Peña, Pepper, Poelman, Sanchez-Rodriguez, and Summers, 2011, Zootaxa, 3083: 69.

Ranitomeya imitatorGrant, Frost, Caldwell, Gagliardo, Haddad, Kok, Means, Noonan, Schargel, and Wheeler, 2006, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 299: 171.

Ranitomeya intermediaGrant, Frost, Caldwell, Gagliardo, Haddad, Kok, Means, Noonan, Schargel, and Wheeler, 2006, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 299: 171.

English Names

Mimic Poison Frog (Walls, 1994, Jewels of the Rainforest: 22; Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 50).

Distribution

Amazonian rainforests of Peru (Departments: Loreto and San Martín).

Comment

Schulte, 1999, Pfeilgiftfrösche: 88-110, provided an account. Lötters, Jungfer, Henkel, and Schmidt, 2007, Poison Frogs: 478-483, provided an account and placed this species in their Ranitomeya ventrimaculata group. In the Ranitomeya vanzolinii species group of Brown, Twomey, Amézquita, Souza, Caldwell, Lötters, von May, Melo-Sampaio, Mejía-Vargas, Pérez-Peña, Pepper, Poelman, Sanchez-Rodriguez, and Summers, 2011, Zootaxa, 3083: 61, and who provided an account on page 68-72. Twomey, Mayer, and Summers, 2015, Herpetologica, 71: 252–259, reported on intraspecific variation. 

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