Dendrobates tinctorius “Green Sipaliwini ”

There seems to be a cluster of “sub morphs” (sorry, I don't know what else to call them!) in this area. The Sipaliwini savannah is in southern Surinam, and Brazil. Several forms of tinctorius inhabit this area, in addition to the most famous dart frog resident, the blue frog or D. azureus. The savannah is one of the few areas in Surinam that is not covered in lowland rainforest, but the savannah is spotted with “islands” of rainforest, containing many different forms of tinctorius.

The tinctorius that occur here are a confusing group. The most commonly seen in this country are the green and blue forms. The green form that we work with here seems to breed true, and is a large tinctorius with dark blue legs. The back is covered with a overlay of greenish yellow, with irregular black spotting. The blue form is a more mixed bag, and is a more muted and cloudy pale whitish blue in many cases. However these frogs seem to produce a variety of offspring, primarily variants on their own color and the greenish form.

Another form is the yellow form, which seems to be a yellow variant of the green. The color is a banana yellow, and they breed true as well.

In 1998 or so I was in Baltimore, at the National Aquarium (NAIB) and was able to get behind the scenes and see the set up there. During the tour I was shown a striking frog that was collected by team that included Aquarium staff in the Sipaliwini savannah area. This frog was essentially an azureus with a bright yellow horseshoe around the head. The blue coloring was very much like azureus, but since I didn't take pictures, it's possible it was more like the “New River” form. Never the less, I see a similar frog offered occasionally, labeled as a “True Sipaliwini” and while it does have a similar pattern of yellow on the head, the body coloration is not really azureus like, and it doesn't compare to what I saw that day at the NAIB, if my memory serves me!
none Southern Surinam
Terrarium Preferences
Low to mid Seventies High Almost exclusively terrestrial, recommend terrarium of 20 gallon tall size minimum for a pair.
Visibility in the tank
Groups of these compatible
Up to about 2 inches Quite bold and active No, unless tank over 75 gallons
Experience Level
Compatible with other species?
Intermediate. Many beginners have trouble with “tincs” due to tankmates stressing each other out, and the problems brought on by keeping them in groups. Yes, should be ok with other species if not crowded (except D. azureus)
Breeding :
Status in Hobby
Best done in pairs, not easy to breed. Seasonal (fall) breeders here. Not common, but present in many collections.
Our Availability
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This is the same frog which appears in the upper photo, but this image shows the frogs greenish cast much better. Capturing these nuances of color in a picture can be difficult, especially in the colors yellow and orange.