This species is known from Antioquia to Valle del Cauca Departments, on the western flank of the Cordillera Occidental, in Colombia, from 1,100-2,000m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It is found on low vegetation alongside streams in primary forest and secondary forest. It can tolerate some habitat destruction as long as vegetation remains alongside the stream. Eggs are laid on the top of leaves above the stream and when hatched the larvae drop into the stream below where they then develop further.
It is a common species.
The major threat to this species is habitat loss and degradation due to smallholder farming and subsistence logging, and water pollution from the spraying of illegal crops.
The range of the species includes several protected areas. Taxonomic research is needed to determine whether or not this represents a complex of species.
This species was previously included in the genus Hyla but has recently been moved to the resurrected genus Hyloscirtus (Faivovich et al. 2005). This form might represent a species complex.
Fernando Castro, John Lynch 2004. Hyloscirtus simmonsi. In: IUCN 2014