Epipedobates tricolor

Epipedobates (Epipedo Greek = of the ground + bates Greek = one that walks or haunts)

Tricolor = three colors*

Epipedobates tricolor is a great frog, well worth searching out. The brilliant colors of many tricolor morphs rival any dart frog, while their boldness make them easily viewed. E. tricolor also have a lively nature and wonderful, trill like, call that make them endearing.

Across the pool I could hear the E. tricolor calling, an occasional call but their trill is unmistakable. The volunteer at the National Zoos Amazon exhibit was telling me that they had eggs visible, on a leaf in front, a week or so ago. He also said they often find tadpoles in the pond. My scanning through the thick Plexiglas dyke, into the pond, had only shown me Java moss and schools of guppy like fish. He told me that to see the adult tricolors I would need to come much early when the day was still cool. Though he said, he might be able to show me a froglet or two. To the left of this man made pond was a think wooden shelf and as he lifted one of the plant pots a small tricolor was exposed. No more than a centimeter, (snout to vent), and little more than a blur as it hopped away. Later, standing out side and looking through the front window, form the other side of the pond, I saw more and older animals. All a dark brick red with blue dots over their eyes and coming up from their back legs.

A few months later I got 3 of this morph of tricolor, (1.2), from Alex Sens. They had not been bred for years and the male looked old and not likely able to. I searched for another male and found none in hobbyists' hands, but with a lot of luck, (and extra care) they started breeding. They are a medium sized tricolor and, in captivity, somewhat shy. Adults are brick to wine red with slight blue/white broken lateral striping giving a dot over they eye and a slash above the thigh. There is no medial dorsal stripe, but they do have slight orange flash marks on the back of the thighs. Their body shape is different from other tricolors with their nose appearing to be rounder and their eyes more pronounced. Volker Ennenbach reports a population in the Rio Giron Valley, whose description matches these animals.

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