This species occurs on the western flank of the Cordillera Oriental, in Fusagasuga, Cundinamarca Department, and Icononso, Tolima Department, Colombia, at 1,500-1,800m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It occurs near streams in cloud forest, and seems able to tolerate some minor habitat disturbance. The eggs are laid on land, and the males carry the tadpoles to streams where they develop further.
It is known to be an abundant species, although no one has looked for it since 1994.
There are no current known threats to this species, and it is somewhat resilient to habitat disturbance. Nonetheless, its small range renders it susceptible to stochastic threatening processes.
It does not occur in any protected areas. The species requires close population monitoring given its very restricted range.
This species was considered a synonym of Hyloxalus fuliginosus by Edwards (1974b).
Adolfo Amézquita, Jose Vicente Rueda 2004. Hyloxalus vergeli. In: IUCN 2014