This species is restricted to the Cerro Turimiquire, a mountainous region shared between Monagas, Sucre, and Anzoátegui States, in eastern Venezuela. It has been recorded from 1,900-2,630m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It inhabits cloud forest and sub-páramo shrubland. The eggs are laid on land and when hatched the male carries the larvae on his back to water, where they develop further.
It is a common species.
The main threat is habitat loss due to agriculture, involving both crops and livestock, as well as road construction for telecommunications installations.
Its range includes a protected area for a dam project (Zona Protectora Macizo Turimiquire), but the habitat of this species is in need of much better protection.
Enrique La Marca, Jesús Manzanilla 2004. Allobates mandelorum. In: IUCN 2014