Dendrobates tinctorius “Oyapock”

This frog bears the name of the river that forms French Guiana's border with Brazil. It is also the name of a small town on this river. Many dart frogs bear the name of a place near where they are collected, but unfortunately we never know how near.

This form is a great little tinctorius! I have always been puzzled that they were not more popular. They have all the bold and outgoing tinctorius temperament, just in a smaller package. The white pattern on them is bone white, and very attractive. Some lines seem to have a tendency towards narrower stripes, and there even seems to be a little bit of sexual dimorphism, with males being more heavily colored in white.

These frogs are a bit more delicate than most other tinctorius forms, and I have had trouble with some adults getting up to breeding age, and then dying for no apparent reason. These are probably not the best tinctorius to start with, especially if breeding is your goal, but they are very nice frogs, and should certainly be considered as you get some experience under your belt.

Pallid Eastern French Guiana, near town of Regina
Terrarium Preferences
Low to mid Seventies High Almost exclusively terrestrial, recommend terrarium of 10 gallon tall size minimum for a pair.
Visibility in the tank
Groups of these compatible
Up to about 1.5 inches Quite bold and active No, unless tank over 75 gallons
Experience Level
Compatible with other species?
Intermediate. A more delicate tinctorius. 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. These frogs sometimes die under stress of breeding. Not common. Very few bloodlines in this country. At risk of disappearing in this country.
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