Dendrobates auratus “Ancon Hill”

This is a smaller form of auratus, and one of several mostly black forms of auratus. Many of these darker forms are very shy, but these guys are not that bad, probably better than blue auratus, but not as bold as green and bronze auratus. One interesting thing about these frogs is that the females seem to have short bars in their pattern, along with the spots, but the males pattern tends to be more spotted, with out the lines. I am not familiar with another instance of sexual dimorphism in dart frogs. The juveniles tend to be more uniformly spotted and do not show this dimorphism until they reach sub adult age.

We are working with several pairs of F1 and wild caught frogs, so there is a good deal of genetic variability in our offerings!

Six point, black auratus, spotted auratus(All the above terms actually refer to other forms of auratus, but these other forms are easily confused with this frog). The Ancon Hill locality is not the sole habitat of this particular morph, but several importations in recent years have brought in frogs that were identified as coming from this location. Panama, Ancon Hill, overlooking Panama City
Terrarium Preferences
Upper seventies to low eighties High Terrestrial frogs, but will climb.
Visibility in the tank
Groups of these compatible
Up to about 1.25 inches Moderately shy, but generally still visible and active Yes, do well in groups as long as they are not overcrowded. Keep up to three to a ten gallon, four to a twenty tall or six to a forty gallon tank.
Experience Level
Compatible with other species?
Beginner Yes, should be okay with other species if not crowded
Breeding :
Status in Hobby
This frog often can be bred very well in groups. Eager breeder! Using a group setting to sex them is also helpful. Set up a group, and allow them to pair off with each other. Separate pairs if desired, or if breeding is not successful. Stable and common.
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This female Ancon Hill has the characteristic bars which mark most females of this from.

This male is a more light brown color than most of the specimens we have.