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Two New Poison Dart Frogs Discovered

Posted by: Loren Coleman on December 21st, 2007

Two new species of frog, both so-called poison dart frogs because they are the colorful variety possessing toxics used by native peoples on the arrows of their darts, have been located in Colombia. Specifically, they were found in the Central Cordillera of Colombia by Alonso Quevedo from ProAves and Oscar Gallego from Tolima University.

The frogs, just formally announced, were first discovered in July, 2006, when the research team was looking for endangered bird species in the Central Mountain Range.

The new frogs have been given the names Ranitomeya tolimense and Ranitomeya doriswansoni.

reddish frog

Ranitomeya doriswansoni is black and red.

yellowish frog

Ranitomeya tolimense is mostly yellow and has a short fifth toe.

The article announcing their discovery was published on November 14, 2007 by Zootaxa Magazine and summarized in the English magazine, Wildlife Extra, in December.

Source: Wildlife Extra, “Two New Species of Poison Dart Frogs Discovered in Colombia,” December 2007.

About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013.


4 Responses to “Two New Poison Dart Frogs Discovered”

  1. cryptidsrus responds:

    CUUUUUTE as heck!!!

    And SO deadly.

    Great article, Loren!!!

  2. traveler responds:

    nice to hear something good coming from back home

  3. darkshines responds:

    ALL HAIL HYPNOTOAD.

  4. mystery_man responds:

    I get really excited with these new frog discoveries, because as I’ve said before, these creatures tend to be particularly sensitive to pollution and fluctuations in the environment and can be sort of the coal miner’s canary in a cage for signaling impending ecological problems within the habitat. The condition of frog species in a given area can be a good indicator of the health of the ecosystem and so finding new species of frog is encouraging to me as it shows we have not managed to befoul every wild corner of our planet yet.



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