Doyle's Dart Den


ADG's Newsletter
Table of Contents & Index
for the ADG Newsletter
November 1998
David Doyle

The following is a table of contents and an index for the American Dendrobates Group newsletters 1 - 36.  I hope to update these each year so that the ADG Newsletter can serve as a reference for beginners and old pros alike.  I also hope that some of you will notice that some subjects have little information published  on them and that this will encourage the  writing of articles in the future.

1992 No. 1-4 January, March, May, and August

 The first four newsletters did not have any articles.

1992 No. 5 September - October                                                                                                         "New Dendrobatid Frog"
 This article deals with the Venezuelan Skunk Frog.

1992 No. 6 November - December
"Culturing Collembola (springtails)" by Jack Frenkel
"Culturing Collembola (springtails)" by Malcolm Peaker

 Both articles detail the culturing of springtails.

1993 No. 7 January - February
"Dendrobates leucomelas - breeding experiences" by Ed Oshaben
 Ed details the setup of the terrarium, breeding, tadpole brooder, and methods he  has used with D. leucomelas.

1993 No. 8 March - April
"Tribolium confusum An Excellent Under Utilized Food for Dendrobatid Frogs" by Ed Oshaben
Details methods for culturing Tribolium confusum, also known as flour beetles

1993 No. 9 May - June
"Epipidobates tricolor (Boulenger, 1899)" by Voker Ennenbach and Stacy Surla
 Covers general information about Epipidobates tricolor including locality,  morphs, and care in captivity.

1993 No. 10 July - August
"Breeding Dendrobates reticulatus" by Bob Davies

 Covers setup and breeding of Dendrobates reticulatus.

1993 No. 11 September - October
"Epipedobates tricolor in Captivity" by Shawn Eric Malolepsy

 Covers general information about Epipidobates tricolor including locality,  breeding, and care in captivity.

1993 No. 12 November - December
"Spindly-leg Syndrome" by Steve Halfpenny
"More on Spindly Leg Disease" by Malcolm Peaker
"More on Spindly-leg..." by Bob Davies
"Conformation of Adult Frogs Causing Spindly-leg in Tadpoles" by Charles L. Powell"     

All of the above articles discuss spindly-leg syndrome detailing the symptoms, possible causes, and possible preventive measures.  (Note:  See No. 19 for more information in regard to the last article.)
Helpful Hints: Termite traps

1994 No. 13 January - February
"Mantellas: New and Old" by Malcolm Peaker
Details the nomenclature of mantellas.
Helpful Hints: Ultrasonic humidifiers, plant source, mail order food source.

1994 No. 14 March - April
"Incubating Dendrobates tinctorius Eggs - Trial and Error" by Alicia Pinzari
Alicia details her experience breeding and care for Dendrobates tinctorius.
Helpful Hints: Address for the British, Dutch, and Swedish Dendrobatid Groups, Transporting froglets

1994 No. 15 May - June
"A Survey of Dendrobatid Mortality at the Philadelphia Zoological Garden" by Kevin Wright, DVM                                                                                                                                                            Details the causes of death of Dendrobatid frogs at this location from 1973 to 1990.
Helpful Hints: Microwaving fruit-fly cultures.

1994 No. 16 July - August
"Skin Secretions of Dendrobatid Frogs" by Steve Grenard, R.R.T.
 Details the poisons that have given these frogs their common names.


1994 No. 17 September - October

"Kitchen Counter Frog Pathology:  Part 1" by Brian Monk

Brian details the steps involved in performing an autopsy of a frog.
Helpful Hints: Water for raising tadpoles and food for froglets.
Ratios of total number of frogs to chances for a pair (i.e., 5 froglets gives you a 94% chance of getting at least one pair).

1994 No. 18 November - December
"Kitchen Counter Frog Pathology:  Part 2" by Brian Monk

Brian gives the detailed steps on how to perform an autopsy of a frog.
Helpful Hints: Sources for springtails cultures.

1995 No. 19 January - February
"Raising Large Quantities of Pinhead Crickets" by Bill Lutz
 A method of raising pinhead crickets as a food source.
Helpful Hints :Cure for Spindly-leg Syndrome Dendrobates tinctorius fatality attributed to decorative moss

1995 No. 20 March - April
"Some Notes on the Natural History, Captive Husbandry, and Reproduction of the
Avocado Harlequin Toad, Atelopus peruensis Gray and Cannatella" by Dante Fenolio
Discusses the description, natural setting, care in captivity, and breeding.
Helpful Hints :Grain Moths as food.

1995 No. 21 May - June
"Literature Review of the Dendrobates quinquevittatus Species Group" by Charles L.
Powell, II

 Discusses the Dendrobates quinquevittatus species group which includes:  D.  biolat, D. castaneoticus, , D. fatasticus, D. imitator, D. igneus, D. lamasi, D.  quinquevittatus, D. reticulatus, D. sirensis, D. vanzolinii, D. ventrimaculatus, and  D. variablilis.

1995 No. 22 July - August 1995
"Mantella's - Frogs Worth Attention" by Peter B. Fippinger
"Mantella's - Temperature Aspects" by Peter B. Fippinger
"Mantella's Deaths" by Malcolm Peaker

 The above articles discuss the attributes of the frogs and their care in captivity.

1995 No. 23 September - October
"The First Annual American Frog (and Amphibian) Day" by Anthony Hundt

Anthony tells the story of the first frog day.
An American at Dutch Frog Day by Timothy B. Staab
Timothy tells of his trip to Europe to attend the Dutch Frog day and the froggers he
met along the way.  He also discusses the process of bringing frogs into the country  (i.e., CITES)

1995 No. 24 November - December 1995
"Care and Maintenance of the Painted Mantella (Mantella madagascariensis)" by           Steve Martin
Gives a brief description of the natural habitat, breeding, and care in captivity.
"Captive Breeding of Mantella aurantiaca" by Ray Anderson
Gives a brief description of the golden mantella's the natural habitat, breeding, and care in captivity.
Websites: List of sites for Dendrobates.

1996 No. 25 January - February
"Taxonomy:  the Making of Scientific Names Where do they Come From, What do
 they Mean, What Rules Govern Them?" by Robert Sprackland

Discusses where those names come from.
Helpful Hints: Drosophila medium and springtails

1996 No. 25 March - April (yes this should be No. 26)
"Variations in Growth of Dendrobates auratus Tadpoles Using Different Foods" - Paul

Examined the growth rates of tadpoles when fed different foods.
"Tadpoles" by Marco Esposito   Discusses the pros of raising tadpoles communally.
Helpful Hints: Duetto filter and misting system

1996 No. 27 May - June
"Husbandry and Breeding of Dendrobates auratus - the Green and Black Poison Frog
(Part I)" by Ian Hallett

Discusses the natural environment and care in captivity.
Helpful Hints :Breeding fruit flies.


1996 No. 28 July - August
"Husbandry and Breeding of Dendrobates auratus - the Green and Black Poison Frog
(Part II)" by Ian Hallett

Discusses the acquisition, acclimatization, breeding, eggs, tadpoles.
Helpful Hints: Feeding tadpoles
Product Review : Rainmaker 1TM Misting System

1996 No. 29 September - October
"Selected Abstracts From the Second American Frog Day (September 7, 1996,  San Jose, California)" by Ron Gaglardo                                                                                    Discusses raising of tadpoles, Epipedobates silverstonei, and what a veterinarian
can do for the health of poison frogs.
"Species Information Epipedobates azureiventris" by Matthias Kneller
Gives detailed information in regards to description, biotype, vivarium, and breeding
Helpful Hints :UV light and frogs

1996 No. 30 November - December
"Trial and Error with Dendrobates histrionicus" by Ron Gaglardo
 Discusses the husbandry of Dendrobates histrionicus (i.e., breeding and setup)

1997 No. 31 January - March
"Melanophryniscus strelzneri in the Terrarium" by Alex Sens
 Detailed information including description, husbandry, and breeding.
"Vivarium Design Options for Dedrobates Frogs - Ideas Gleaned from FrogNet" by Ken Uy
 Discusses various methods of vivarium design that have been discussed on the
 Internet (i.e., FrogNet)
"Veterinary Notes - Parasites" by Brian Monk   

General information in regard to parasites in dart frogs and their treatment.
"Species Information Minyobates minutus" by Bern Pieper

Gives detailed information in regard to description, biotype, vivarium, and breeding.
Helpful Hints: Live food source, fruit fly trap, and home-made Drosophila culture recipe.

1996 No. 32 April - June
"Impressions From the Biotope of Phyllobates terribilis" by Dirk Jorgens
 Dirk tells about his trip to the area of Phyllobates terribilis with information in
 regard to coloration and locality.
"Vivarium Design Options for Dendrobates Frogs - Ideas Gleaned from FrogNet -
Vivarium Substrates" by Ken Uy

 Discusses various methods of vivarium substrates that have been discussed on the
 Internet (i.e., FrogNet)
"Veterinary Notes:  What Do I Do with My New Frog(s)?"  by Brian Monk
 Brian discusses how to quarantine, reduce stress, treatment of parasites, bacterial,
 and fungal infections, and emaciated frogs.
"Species Information Epipedobates trivittatus" by Matthias Kneller
 Gives detailed information in regards to description, biotype, vivarium, and

1997 No. 33 July - September
"An Introduction to Less Familiar Mantillas" by Marc Staniszewski
 Provides information about Black-eared (Mantella sp.), Blue-legged (Mantella expectata), mahajanga (Mantella cowanii nigricans),haraldmeier's ( M.  haraldmeieri), and berhard's (M. bernhardi).
"Vivarium Landscaping - Ideas Gleaned from FrogNet" - by Ken Uy
 Discusses setups, plants, substrates, drainage, maintenance, temperature, humidity, and lighting. discussed on the Internet (i.e., FrogNet).
"Frog Thief at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens" by Ron Gagliardo
 Discusses the thief of at least 22 frogs from the Atlanta Botanical Gardens in  October of 1997.

1997 No. 34 October - December 1997
"Surviving the Sipaliwini in Search of Dendrobates azureus" by Ron Gagliardo
 Ron discusses a trip that he and some others did to the locality were Dendrobates
 azureus are found.
"Preparing for Your First Dart Frogs" by Ken Uy
 Discusses food, purchasing, shipping, selection, and quarantine for your new frog.

1998 No. 34 (Should be 35) January - April
"The Care and Breeding of Phyllobates bicolor" by William Samples

 Discusses the husbandry and breeding of Phyllobates bicolor.
Bromeliads for the Vivarium - Frog Nurseries by Ken Uy

 Covers the lighting, soil mixes, taxa, and growing instructions for bromeliad  plants.
"Longevity in Dendrobatids" by Gerd Voss
 Presents some information about the lifespan of various frogs.

1998 No. 36 May - June
Frogs of the Amazon Basin Near Iquitos, Peru by Dennis Sheridan

 Dennis tells the story of his trip on the Amazon with Green Tracks and the animals
 they saw along the way.
Water Features in the Dart-Poison Frog Vivarium by Ken Uy
 Discusses various methods to provide water in the vivarium
Press Releases
 -The Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Poison Dart Frogs Will be Back on Display.
 -Worldwide Effort Underway to Create Continuous Rainforest Corridor in South
 -Frog’s Poison Opens Way to Better-Than-Morphine Painkiller.


Acclimatization 28, 32, & 34

Acquisition 28, 32, & 34

Atelopus peruensis 20

Breeding 7, 10, 11, 14, 17, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29, & 30

Colostethus marchesianus 36

 auratus 27& 28
 azureus 34
 biolat 21
 castaneoticus 21
 fatasticus 21
 histrionicus 30
 leucomelas 7
 imitator 21
 igneus 21
 lamasi 21
 quinquevittatus 21
 reticulatus 10, 21, & 36
 sirensis 21
 tinctorius 14
 vanzolinii 21
 ventrimaculatus 21
 variablilis 21

 azureiventris 29
 hahneli 36
 silverstonei 29
 tricolor 9 & 11
 trivittatus 32 & 36

Filters 26

Food 33 & 34
 crickets 19
 Flour beetles (Tribolium confusum) - 8
 Fruit fly -15, 25, 27, & 31
 Grain moths 20
 Sources 20
 Springtails - 6, 18, & 25
 Termite - 13
 Tadpoles - 17, 26, & 29

Groups 14

Harlequin toads 20

Health  12, 15, 19, 29, & 32
 autopsy 17 & 18
 parasites 31 & 32
 quarantine 32 & 34
 Spindly-leg 12 & 19

Importing 23

Internet 24

Life span 35

Mantellas 13, 22, 24, & 33
 Berhard’s (Mantella bernhardi) 33
 Black-eared (Mantella sp.) 33
 Blue-legged (Mantella expectata) 33
 Haraldmeier’s (Mantella haraldmeieri) 33
 Golden mantella (Mantella aurantiaca)24
 Painted mantella (Mantella madagascariensis) 24
 Mahajanga  (Mantella cowanii nigricans) 33

Melanophryniscus strelzneri 31

Minyobates minutus 31

Misting systems 13, 26, & 28

 bicolor 35
 terribilis 32

Plants 13, 19, 33,  35, & 36

Poison 16 & 36

Taxonomy 13 & 25

Setup 7, 10, 23, 24, 27, 30, 31,32, 33,  35, & 36
 lighting 29, 33, & 35
 substrates 32, 33, & 35
 temperature 33
 Waterfalls 36

Shipping 14, 33, & 34

Skunk Frog - 5

Tadpoles (raising) 7, 17, 26, 28, & 29


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