This species is known only from the type locality: Reserva Biológica Carpanta, Cundinamarca, Colombia, at an altitude of 2,900-3,350m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It lives in páramo and cloud forest, and does not tolerate habitat destruction. It reproduces in fast-flowing streams.
This species was uncommon until 1990. A single pair was recorded in 1992; however, due to guerrilla activity, no one has subsequently returned to the original locality to look for it.
The most serious risk to this species is chytridiomycosis, which has had a devastating impact on other high-altitude species of Atelopus.
It occurs in the Reserva Biológica Carpanta, which borders Parque Nacional Natural Chingaza. Survey work is urgently needed to determine the population status of this species. In view of the severe risk of chytridiomycosis, ex-situ populations might need to be established.
Mariela Osorno-Muñoz, Adolfo Amézquita 2004. Atelopus mandingues. In: IUCN 2014