Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species is known from two widely separated areas along the western flank of the Cordillera Occidental in Colombia, from Chocó, Valle del Cauca, and Antioquia Departments, from 2,100-2,250m asl. The gap in the known distribution is surely a consequence of a lack of survey effort and hence it is presumed in this assessment that it occurs in between these two areas.
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
Most collectors probably never see this species or, if they do, they see it and mistake it for insect droppings. The largest specimen ever found was only 17mm long. The colouration makes the organisms very cryptic on the surface of ferns very near the tips where water collects and drips. This species has only been recorded from primary forest and from forest edges. Reproduction is by direct development.

Systems
  • Terrestrial
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
DD
Data Deficient

Red List Criteria

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2004

Assessor/s
Fernando Castro, Maria Isabel Herrera, John Lynch

Reviewer/s
Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson, Neil Cox and Bruce Young)

Contributor/s

Justification
Listed as Data Deficient in view of continuing uncertainties as to its extent of occurrence, status and ecological requirements.
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Population

Population
This is a very abundant species at two localities on the Serrania de los Paraguas. However, at the only other locality from which it is known (western Antioquia) it is uncommon.

Population Trend
Unknown
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Threats

Major Threats
The major threats to its habitat are habitat destruction due to the cultivation of crops and livestock farming, as well as chemical pollution from spraying of the crops.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
The projected range of this species includes Parque Nacional Natural Tatama and Parque Nacional de Las Orquídeas, although there are no records from these parks yet. Until collectors become familiar with the necessary collection techniques the existing data on its range will remain incomplete.
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