Allobates talamancae

Allobates talamancae
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Aromobatidae
Subfamily: Allobatinae
Genus: Allobates
Species: A. talamancae
Binomial name
Allobates talamancae
(Cope, 1875)

Dendrobates talamancae Cope, 1875 "1876"
Colostethus talamancae (Cope, 1875)

Allobates talamancae (common names: Talamanca rocket frog,[2] Talamanca striped rocket frog[3]) is a species of frog in the Aromobatidae family. It is found in northwestern Ecuador, western Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, and southern Nicaragua.[2] It can be found in a variety of habitats in very humid lowland and premontane habitats (secondary growth and plantations, swampy areas in primary forest, but not in open areas), usually close to streams. It is common species; threats to it are habitat loss, introduction of alien predatory fish, and pollution.[1]


Allobates talamancae is a small, non-toxic frog, with males measuring 17–24 mm (0.67–0.94 in) in snout–vent length and females 16–24 mm (0.63–0.94 in). Its diet consists of small arthropods.[3]

Adult frogs are found to aggregate, forming small groups, likely as an anti-predator adaptation.[3]


Allobates talamancae lay the eggs in the leaf-litter, and both parents carry the tadpoles to streams where they complete their development in small, water-filled depressions.[1]


  1. 1 2 3 Coloma, L.A.; Ron, S.R.; Grant, T.; Morales, M.; Solís, F.; Ibáñez, R.; Chaves, G.; Savage, J.; Jaramillo, C.; Fuenmayor, Q.; et al. (2008). "Allobates talamancae". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.1. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  2. 1 2 Frost, Darrel R. (2014). "Allobates talamancae (Cope, 1875)". Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0. American Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  3. 1 2 3 Hopkins, G.; Lahanas, P. (2011). "Aggregation behaviour in a neotropical dendrobatid frog (Allobates talamancae) in western Panama". Behaviour. 148 (3): 359–372. doi:10.1163/000579511X559607.
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