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Ranitomeya benedicta (Brown, 2008)

Ranitomeya benedicta

This frog species, labelled as Vunerable on the Red List, occurs throughout the Pampas del Sacramento, a lowland plain between the Huallaga and Ucayali rivers in central Peru. It is usually found at 200 m above the sea level, although individual specimen were discovered at 400 m a.s.l. in the Cordillera Azul.

Even though it is a mainly tree-dwelling species, it decsends to the forest floor during reproduction. Their eggs are deposited in leaf litter and, later, the larvae transferred into large bromeliads or tree-holes.
Their basic color is black, with a orange-red pattern on the head. There is also a bluish pattern on the frog’s back, flanks, ventral side and limbs.