This species is known from both flanks of the western Andes, in the department of Valle del Cauca, and from the western flank of the central Andes, in the departments of Quindio and Risaralda, in Colombia, between 1,580 and 2,100m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It occurs on the lowest stratum and on bromeliads in cloud forests and very dry forests. Eggs are laid in the leaf-litter, and the larvae develop in bromeliads.
It is a common species, but it is believed to be declining.
Habitat loss and degradation caused by agricultural expansion, timber extraction, crop fumigation, and the removal of bromeliads is a major threat. This species is also collected illegally for the pet trade.
It is not known to occur in any protected areas, and habitat protection is urgently needed. Decree INDERENA No. 39 of 9 July, 1985, forbids the collection of Dendrobates spp. from the wild for breeding (or other) purposes. It is also necessary to review international legislation regarding the illegal trade of this species.
Martha Patricia Ramírez Pinilla, Mariela Osorno-Muñoz, Jose Vicente Rueda, Adolfo Amézquita, María Cristina Ardila-Robayo 2004. Andinobates bombetes. In: IUCN 2014