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Ranitomeya opisthomelas (Boulenger, 1899)

Ranitomeya opisthomelas

The species, categorized as “vulnerable” (VU) on the Red List, lives in northern parts of Cordillera Occidental and Cordillera Central in the Departamento Antioquia in Colombia, form 1,160 to at least 2,200 m a.s.l.. The record so far is the altitude of 3,813 m. The natural habitats are montane forests with very high levels of precipitation, mainly on the ground and in the abundant epiphytic bromeliads. The annual temperatures in these areas around 1,900 m above sea level vary around 20˚C, with the maximum reaching up to 30˚C and the minimum at 10-12˚C.

However, the natural habitat of this species is nowadays reduced to forest remnants with the largest parts of the former distribution having been turned into livestock grazing in which the species could not survive.

The males grow to reach up to 18.5 and the females up to 19.5 mm in length. The upper side is usually uniformly dark red with occasional brown on the back. Sides can be either red or pink, while the legs and arms are red, brow towards their ends. The brown ventral side is sometimes dotted with red.

The larvae are, like in many other species, released into the water-filled leaf axiles of bromeliads.

There is no information available on husbandry, breeding or suitable types of terrarium. The stomach contents of preserved specimens imply their diet consists of ants and mites.