Since the rediscovery of Dendrobates mysteriosus
by Rainer Schulte in 1989 (see Schulte 1990) there was the urgent need to do something to preserve the last habitats of this totally outstanding frog species, that according to newest molecular genetic research (Becky Symula and Kyle Summers, East Carolina University, in prep.) has a lineage that goes independently parallel to all Dendrobates
and connects at the root of their tree, a situation similar to Minyobates steyermarki
(Vences et al. 2003). This status is enough reason to put this species immediately on PRIORITY 1 listing for conservation efforts- but with the result that nobody cares for a small CITES 2 frog when elephants, dolphins and other mammal protection projects can create more publicity highlights in the media. Read more......