Aposematic Poison Frogs (Dendrobatidae) of the Andean Countries describes species occurring in Andean countries in full colour. Students and professionals from over eight countries and dozens of institutions and universities collaborated to detail the life history of each Andean countries poison frogs from high elevation cloud forests, down into the tropical rainforest lowlands.
Each species account begins with a genus page. Then the authors and their affiliations top each account page that includes name or names. These cover commonly used names, scientific names, the specific epithets and the vernacular names – meanings of which are explained for each poison frog species. "Taxonomic Comments" begin with the description or discovery of the species and discusses taxonomic placement and arrangement over time to the present understanding of this species relationships, and sister species are noted when known. "Identification and Description" discusses adult sizes, appearance, and notes the colour and pattern of the many varied morphs. "Identification and Description of Larvae and Froglet" describes the tadpoles in detail when known, and the appearance of the froglet when known. "Similar Species" helps discriminate between similar or confusing-in appearance-species. "The Alkaloid Profile" summarizes the alkaloids known from that species, and a lengthy Appendix II lists all known alkaloids found in all evaluated Andean poison frog species (many unpublished). "Natural History and Ecology" covers behaviors, and activities that will assist the guidebook user in locating and observing the species in situ. "Calls and Vocalizations" include detailed call information and if other vocalizations are used, they are mentioned i.e. release versus advertisement calls (several published for the first time). A section on Reproduction covers the mode used, how many eggs are laid, parental care, and larval deposition sites and diet when known. "Distribution" covers the species range, indicating if the species is endemic. "Threats" address pressures the species faces on a case-by-case basis. "Conservation Status" indicates the current IUCN Red List status and when deemed appropriate the authors suggest reassessment and present the justifications. Protected areas where species are known to occur are noted in many cases.
"[...] This book truly is a gift to biologists, ecotourists, nature-lovers, and to the frogs themselves. The authors, editors, and Conservation International deserve kudos for a beautifully written and produced volume. The book is definitely worth the price, but be forewarned: It is printed on high-quality paper and is 588+ pages, so it is heavy. I encourage all herpetologists, especially those interested in dendrobatids, and all ecotourists exploring the Andean countries of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Perú, and Venezuela to give this book a prominent place on your nature bookshelf – except when you carry it in your backpack in hopes of watching these colorful jewels boldly go about their business in the open, protected by a diverse pharmacopeia of alkaloids."
– Martha L. Crump, Department of Biology, Utah State University, Herpetological Reviews
"This book is an outstanding resource for herpetologists and others interested in anuran biology. The writing is readily understandable and the illustrations are beautiful and informative. The species accounts will be helpful to all who wish to become more knowledgeable about this amazing group of frogs."
– W. Ronald Heyer, Research Zoologist Emeritus, Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History
" [...] This volume is a welcome addition to the Conservation International Tropical Field Guide Series [...] The Andean Biodiversity Hotspot is home to many species of poison frogs, and this edited book will be a "must-have" for anyone working on dendrobatids in the region [...] Congratulations to the editorial team, the authors, and the publisher for providing the public with such a useful and beautiful field guide."
– Maureen A. Donnelly, Secretary and President-elect, American Society for Ichthyologists and Herpetologists
"This guide to the diversity of poison frogs is a pleasure to read. The authors of each section are experts on the particular taxa [...] The distribution maps are well-done and there are numerous photographs illustrating typical habitats. One thing that really stands out is the inclusion of gorgeous illustrations of each species by Ted R. Kahn. These depictions are accurate and stunningly beautiful – one cannot help but be awed by the beauty and diversity of these frogs after perusing these wonderful renditions [...] All-in-all this is an excellent field guide that should serve as an invaluable resource to scientists and hobbyists alike."
– Kyle Summers, Professor, East Carolina University