IUCN Species of the Day: Demonic Poison Frog

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Photo credit: Karl-Heinz Jungfer


The Demonic Poison Frog (or Yapacana’s Little Red Frog), Minyobates steyermarki, is listed as ‘CRITICALLY ENDANGERED’ on the IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM. It is a small but poisonous frog that reaches lengths of only 14-16mm. Its range is probably less than 10km², in humid montane forest habitats on the Cerro Yapacana, in southern Venezuela.

The Demonic Poison Frog is under major threat from the destruction and degradation of its habitat through open cast gold mining and its associated pollution and fires, with additional habitat loss resulting from wildfires. It is also under threat from over-collection by the pet trade.

The Demonic Poison Frog is listed on Appendix II of CITES, meaning that trade in this species is regulated. Furthermore, Cerro Yapacana is a Venezuelan Natural Monument, which may offer some protection to the species.


Geographic Range of the Demonic Poison Frog

Credit: IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™


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