Doyle's Dart Den
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Correct Name: Dendrobates galactonotus
Biotype and Distribution
Methods to induce breeding: Alot of rain
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They are very easy to care for along the same husbandry parameters as D. tinctorius. They are somewhat picky eaters and will refuse larger food items, like small waxworms and mealmoth larvae (which a similar sized juvenile tinctorius will devour in a split second). The 95% ornage/yellow morph grows a little large and is a more aggressive feeder. I found that show the same intrasexual aggression as tinctorius, but will form a stable hierarchy after a while. However, the animals do clearly better when kept in pairs. More importantly, they breed much better when kept in pairs and are in fact very easy to breed and despite a small clutch size (4-5 eggs, more for the 95% morph) quite prolific.
I don't think they are as shy as many say. Mine are almost always out and about, although unlike D. tinctorius, go into hiding during tank maintenance. The NAIB has established that the short hind leg syndrome Lasse mentioned is due to incorrect vitamin/mineral supplementation of the breeders. I have not encountered this problem. I however have had case of spindly-leg when the temperature of the tadpole rearing water exceeds a certain temperature (about 77F or 25C).
That's it for now. Feel free to e-mail privately if you have more questions.
Date: Tue, 9 Nov 1999 20:10:39 -0700
In answer to your question about D. galactonotus:
Galactonotus is a quite easy frog to hold, either in a group or in pair.
They seem to enjoy being in a group; they don"t fight much, but often sit together. In contrary to E.G. tinctorius or azureus, species that you shouldn't have two females together (if you also have a male). Galactonotus behavior is more like auratus or leucomelas, species that you also can hold together in small groups. Galactonotus is a little shy - like auratus - and they stay mostly on the ground. Here in Sweden we often keep them together with some small species from the quinquevittatus-group. A problem we have had with galactonotus is the rather frequent occurring of 'short hind legs' in the offspring. We do not know what causes this, but think it can be a result of nutritional shortcomings. Extreme cases show normal front legs but no hind legs! We call these 'mermaid tads'. Three breeders in Sweden have had this type of problem; never with any other species, however.
The eggs of galactonotus look like they are unfertilized even when they are perfectly healthy! So, be careful not to throw them away by mistake.
This is what we know from breeding the "dark red" morph and the "orange red" morph. You can se pictures of different color morphs in the "Bildarkivet" in our home page: http://user.tninet.se/~ybe183w/sds/ Unfortunately, the text is still only in Swedish....
We will be happy to answer any questions that you may have.