This species is known from the Andean Venezuelan states of Táchira, Mérida and Trujillo. It has been recorded between 2,100 and 3,050m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It inhabits montane cloud forests, where it lives along cascading and other lotic watercourses, usually on overhanging vegetation. Like Centrolene buckleyi, it can probably survive in areas with heavy human impact.
It is a common species.
Agriculture, crops and livestock, as well as flooding, might be impacting this species, but it is probably adaptable and not significantly threatened.
Its range includes several National Parks along the Venezuelan Cordillera de Mérida.
This species was originally described as a subspecies of Centrolene buckleyi (Rivero, 1968). Myers and Donnelly (1997) elevated it to species status, due to the long distance between the type locality in Ecuador and Venezuela. However J.D. Lynch (pers. comm.) considers that it is not justified to differentiate C. venezuelense from C. buckleyi. On the other hand, E. La Marca (pers. comm.) considers that C. venezuelense is not a synonym of C. buckleyi, and notes that C. Señaris is in the process of redescribing the species. We retain C. venezuelense as a separate species, pending resolution of this issue.
Enrique La Marca, John Lynch 2004. Centrolene venezuelense. In: IUCN 2014