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Splendid creature forever gone...

November 17, 2008

Splendid creature forever gone...

The species was recorded from the protected areas of Bosque Protector Palo Seco and Parque Internacional La Amistad

Oophaga speciosa (previously classified as Dendrobates speciosus) was listed in 2004 as “Endangered” because its extent of occurrence was less than 5,000 km2, all individuals were in fewer than five locations, and there were continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat in Western Panama.

The species was recorded from the protected areas of Bosque Protector Palo Seco and Parque Internacional La Amistad.

By 2004, Frank Solís, Roberto Ibáñez, César Jaramillo, and Querube Fuenmayor reported that further research was needed into the population status of the species, and some form of management or legislation was urgent to be put in place in order to control the level of extraction by the pet trade.

Today, according to Ibáñez and Jaramillo, the species is gone. It was a Panamanian endemic frog of the western Cordillera Central.

Its common name was Splendid Poison Frog.

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