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R. benedicta morphs ?
#1
Howdy, y'all ~
I have recently acquired several benedicta in exchange for equine services rendered. This my dream frog! Now, I'm reading that there is more than one morph. Can you identify which one I have, please?



much thanks,
kristi
magnolia, tx
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#2
There are in fact two locales of R. benedicta currently in the hobby, 'Shucushuyacu', and 'Pampa Hermosa'.

The patterning on yours ('Pampa Harmosa' have more black and less reticulation), coupled with the fact that the 'Pampa Hermosa' are not as widespread throughout the hobby yet...would lead me to believe that you have the 'Schucushuyacu' locale.

However, you should definitely ask the person you got them from to be certain. If they are unsure as to which one they have...follow up questions such as when and where they got them from will help you find your answer.
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#3
They're from the Understory line. Is it the reticulation that sets them apart?

thanks for the quick reply, btw ~~
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#4
Here's another pix of the same frog ~
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#5
Are there more lines than 'Understory" ? They are the only importer that I'm aware of.

Both those lines are separated by several years, I believe. The 'Pampa Hermosa' being the more recent...
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#6
Philsuma Wrote:Are there more lines than 'Understory" ? They are the only importer that I'm aware of.

Both those lines are separated by several years, I believe. The Shucushuyacu being the more recent...

Yes, all the benedicta we have in the U.S., should, be from Understory.

The 'shucushuyaca' were the first locale they released, followed by the 'Pampa Hermosa'.
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#7
I checked out their website and they don't differentiate between the two morphs, or did I miss something? Is there a visual difference?
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#8
These are NOT my photos and I apologize...but I do not know how to locate their original source.

'Pampa Hermosa'

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'Shucushuyacu'

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#9
indeed. Keep the lines separate.
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#10
Thankya kindly for the pix, Wes. They explain the difference quite clearly. It appears that the trio I have are all Shucushuyacu and absolutely gorgeous, imo. I'm looking forward to a long-term relationship with them.

Speaking of, I'm pretty amazed that I've hung with this hobby for eleven yrs as of last month. Folks ask me how long do these frogs live, and I have to tell 'em 'I don't know - my original frogs are still with me.' They're hardy lil thangs....

kristi
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#11
Glad you are still a froggin Kristi. Oddly enough R. benendicta "Pampa Hermosa" are my last additions as well. I have some little offspring now, that are lovely as they can be... when I see them!

Congrats, enjoy yours
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#12
Ya those are the Shucs, and they are awesome. This is my favorite dart period I think, in the hobby and outside of it. I love mine!

The Pampa Hermosa are cool though. In fact if it wasn't for the shucs the pampa would be getting a lot of love from the hobby, but it seems the reticulation of the Shucs wins people over and the pampas are getting the short end of the stick. I love these so much though that if/when I'm in a position to get more I'll get a group of pampas. Can never have to many bright blue and red red frogs Tongue

Here are some pics for fun!
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Everything I've ever wrote is/was just my opinion Tongue
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#13
Beautiful!! You're right - if it wasn't for the 'aw shucks' Wink, I'd be drooling over the 'beautiful pampas'. My husband sez that they look like they're wearing 'froggles'... Wink
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#14
I thought I'd resurrect this post rather than start a new one.

I've long considered getting this species and I may get serious about them pretty soon. Since I've never seen an adult in person I'd like to know their size in the form of comparison. Are they the size of a thumbnail? I've had quite a few species of thumbnail and currently have Iquitos and Tarapoto and Chazuta. Are they about the size of these or larger?
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#15
They are a tad bigger than an imitator but still considered a thumbnail.
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#16
Philsuma Wrote:They are a tad bigger than an imitator but still considered a thumbnail.

Thanks for the reply. I've been in a holding pattern the last 3-4 months in regards to buying any new species but R. Benedicta are right at the top of my list along with two species of Oophaga. I won't get serious till the end of summer, but in the meantime I'll keep doing research.
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