This species is restricted to the upper Río Biabo Valley (northern versant of the Cordillera Azul) (Departamento de San Martín), the Río Pisqui, (Departamento Loreto), and Río Cachiyacu (on the border of Departamentos San Martín and Loreto), Peru. Its recorded altitudinal range is 1,000-2,000m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It is a terrestrial species restricted to submontane tropical forest. Breeding is thought to take place in streams. This species is presumed to be susceptible to habitat change and is therefore not expected to occur in any modified or degraded habitats
There is no information on its current population status, but it has been seen as recently as 2004 near Iquitos.
There are no reports of chytridiomycosis impacting this Atelopus species, but it is presumed to be susceptible to this pathogen, which is now causing amphibian declines in northern Peru. It is possible that populations of this species at lower altitudes might be able to survive an outbreak of the disease.
This species is present in the Parque Nacional Cordillera Azul. Given the susceptibility of this species to chytridiomycosis, successful conservation measures are likely to require some form of disease management programme and the maintenance of captive populations.
Stefan Lötters, Antonio Salas, Ariadne Angulo, Javier Icochea, Robert Reynolds, Enrique La Marca 2004. Atelopus andinus. In: IUCN 2014