This species is known only from near Valencia, San Sebastián Municipality, in Cauca Department, Colombia, at elevations of 2,900-3,000m asl. It might occur more widely than current records suggest.
Habitat and Ecology
This species is found on vegetation along side streams in montane Andean forests and sub-páramo bush land. There is no information known about breeding habitats, or its ability to tolerate habitat disturbance.
There is very little information available, but it was collected as recently as 2000.
There have been serious declines of other high-elevation Atelopus species in the region suggesting that this species might also be at risk. The cause of the declines is still not fully understood, though chytridiomycosis is almost certainly involved, possibly in combination with the effects of climate change.
The type locality is within Parque Nacional Natural Puracé, which might benefit in future from improved management. However, given the likely threat of chytridiomycosis, disease management and captive-breeding programmes might be required. Research into this species' population status and ecological requirements is needed, in particular to determine if it occurs outside the vicinity of the type locality.
María Cristina Ardila-Robayo, Wilmar Bolívar, Jose Vicente Rueda, Andrés Acosta-Galvis, John Lynch 2004. Atelopus angelito. In: IUCN 2014