This species occurs in eastern Panama, in the Serranía de Pirre, and also the Chocó of Colombia, at 884-1,500m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It is a terrestrial species of tropical montane forest, with breeding and larval development taking place in forest streams. There is no information on whether or not this species can survive in degraded habitats.
It is considered to be generally common within its known range. It was still common in September 2002 in the Serranía de Pirre, above Cana, in eastern Panama (R. Ibáñez pers. obs.).
The major threat is likely to be a future catastrophic decline, due to chytridiomycosis, as has occurred in many other species of Atelopus. Additional threats include habitat loss due to agricultural development (including the planting of illegal crops), logging, and human settlement, and pollution resulting from the spraying of illegal crops.
The species has been recorded from two protected areas: Parque Nacional Darién (a World Heritage Site) in Panama and Parque Nacional Natural los Katíos in Colombia. In view of the severe risk of chytridiomycosis, the status of this species should be closely monitored, and ex-situ populations should be established.
Roberto Ibáñez, Frank Solís, César Jaramillo, Querube Fuenmayor, Stefan Lötters, Jose Vicente Rueda, Andrés Acosta-Galvis 2004. Atelopus glyphus. In: IUCN 2014