This species occurs on the western slope of the Cordillera Oriental in the department of Santander, Colombia, at 2,540-2,700m asl. It may be more widely distributed than existing records indicate.
Habitat and Ecology
It lives in streams in cloud forest, but only in old growth forest. The eggs are laid on vegetation, and the tadpoles larvae in streams.
It is known to be common, although there has been no survey work for this species since 1998.
Habitat loss due to agriculture and cattle ranching, and predation by introduced trout, are the major threats to this species.
It does not occur in any protected areas, and there is an urgent need for expanded protection of remaining forest habitats in the Colombian Andes.
This species was previously within the genus Hyla but has recently been moved to the resurrected genus Hyloscirtus (Faivovich et al. 2005).
María Cristina Ardila-Robayo, Jose Vicente Rueda 2004. Hyloscirtus lynchi. In: IUCN 2014