Blue Poison Dart Frog (Dendrobates tinctorius “azureus”)

Originally its own species, recent genetic work has shown that the blue poison dart frog is most likely a color morph of D. tinctorius, or the dyeing dart frog.

Scientists believe poison dart frogs gain their toxicity from arthropods they eat in the wild, since frogs in captivity never develop toxicity, and wild-caught frogs eventually lose their toxicity after being kept in captivity.

Had a little obsession with drawing poison dart frogs last week and have been learning a lot about the species and morphs! There are so many. I hope to draw more after I get some other art stuff out of the way.

Digitally painted in Photoshop CS2.

I’m so fed up of how the media depicts romance. I don’t want to depend on makeup or clothes to help me find love. I just want a man who will whisper tenderly and erotically into my ear, “poison dart frogs use aposematic coloration to ward off predators and are one of the most poisonous animals on earth. Scientists theorize that they develop their toxins, often utilized in blowdart hunting, from plant poisons carried by their prey, as poison dart frogs raised in lab habitats do not develop these toxins.”

Variety of morphs of Oophaga pumilio from Bocas del Toro, Panama

Commonly referred to as Strawberry Poison Frog, Red-and-blue Poison Frog, Flaming Poison Frog, Strawberry Poison-dart Frog, and Flaming Poison-arrow Frog, Oophaga pumilio (Dendrobatidae) vary greatly in coloration, and are known as being one of the most polymorphic, aposematic species. 

Though typically strawberry red, the dorsal coloration can vary in color from red to blue, yellow, white, green, black or orange. The dorsal surface may also feature dark spots or mottling. Legs are typically darker and have some degree of blackish mottling. Their aposematic coloration (warning) has convergently evolved between some separate populations.

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Image credit: ©J.P. Lawrence

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Marco Colombo

Here’s a couple of pictures of the finished Marco Colombo I painted about a year ago. I originally started working on this guy just to have something to show people at the 2013 GDUK Winner’s day last year.

Although hardly noticeable in these pics, his slotta-base is removable from the display plinth.

The part I enjoyed the most on this project was all the little jungle reptiles that came with the miniature – the chameleon, the frog and the salamander! They are so tiny that they’re easily overlooked. I made sure to study pictures of blue poisonous dart frogs and fire salamanders for reference. 

Another fun part was the Lustria themed display base. If you haven’t seen the two WIP posts for this project check them out here:

WIP Post - Part One

WIP Post - Part Two


Blue Poison Dart Frog

A detailed photograph of a blue poison dart frog resting on a rock. Taken in Toronto, Canada. 2016.

All Photographs Taken by Yours Truly,

Luqara / Luqman A.