Silverstone’s Poison Frog

Silverstone's Poison Frog

The Silverstone’s poison frog is a target for illegal collection and is consistently smuggled for the international pet trade, via Pucallpa in the Ucayali Region.

The Silverstone’s poison frog is a target for illegal collection and is consistently smuggled for the international pet trade, via Pucallpa in the Ucayali Region.

In the late 1980s, over 60 individuals were released at kilometer 20 on the Tarapoto-Yurimaguas road by authorities in charge of animal confiscations.

This species continues to be collected for illegal exportation. One farmer from the mountains east of Tingo Maria stated that he continues to sell “40–60 adults a month” and has done so for the last several years. Despite this, relatively few individuals have been found on the black markets, suggesting that most of them probably died during transit through the cities of Iquitos and Pucallpa. Conversations with locals in December 2016 indicate that the collection and selling by the farmer continues.


Image | ©️ Tiffany Kosch, All Rights Reserved
Sources | (Brown, Twomey, Pepper, & Sanchez Rodriguez, 2008; Brown, et al., 2011; Halliday, 2016; IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group, 2018; Lakeland, Torres, & Rosenthal, 2010; Twomey & Brown, 2009; von May, et al., 2008)

 

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