Dyeing Poison Dart Frog Dendrobates tinctorius

Dyeing Poison Dart Frog
Dyeing Poison Dart Frog
Dyeing Poison Dart Frog
The Dyeing Poison Dart Frog, although small, is one of the largest of the colourful and highly toxic species of poison dart frogs in South and Central America. Their name comes from their use to poison tips of blow darts by native tribes. The toxicity comes from their wild diet of invertebrates.
Dyeing Poison Dart Frog
Dyeing Poison Dart Frog
Dyeing Poison Dart Frog
Native to the Guianas, Surinam and part of Brazil, it is also the most variable, with a typical colour of blue legs, black-spotted yellow body and golden head ("Brazil Yellowhead" above), but variations include just yellow and black and almost all black with little yellow.
Dyeing Poison Dart Frog
Dyeing Poison Dart Frog
Dyeing Poison Dart Frog
There are different morphs and subspecies. Some authorities include the Blue Poison Dart Frog (Blue Dyeing Poison Frog) as a subspecies and some as a separate species - see link below.
Grey-legged Dyeing Poison Dart Frog
Grey-legged Dyeing Poison Dart Frog
Grey-legged Dyeing Poison Dart Frog
Limbs are a key variable. This one is called the "Grey-legged", having blue-grey limbs with black spots. Lengths of various subspecies and forms range from some 3-6 cm.
Alanis Dyeing Poison Dart Frog
Alanis Dyeing Poison Dart Frog
Alanis Dyeing Poison Dart Frog
The "Alanis" subspecies (D. t. alanis) is primarily black with yellow markings on head and back. Limbs can have some yellow with black-spotted blue or blue-grey on back legs, as above centre, black-spotted blue hind legs, as above right.
Dyeing Poison Dart Frog
Dyeing Poison Dart Frog
Dyeing Poison Dart Frog
One of the variations (morphs) is the "Matecho", above, - bright yellow with varying amounts of black spots and patches.
Citronellla Dyeing Poison Dart Frog
Citronellla Dyeing Poison Dart Frog
Citronellla Dyeing Poison Dart Frog
Another, "Citronella", above, is similar but with fully black or dark blue limbs.