This species occurs in the Pacific lowlands of western Colombia, from western Antioquia southwards to northwestern Ecuador. Its altitudinal range is 50-500m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It is a species of closed forest, including small patches of secondary forest. However, it needs a closed canopy in order to survive. It lives on vegetation close to streams in which the tadpoles develop.
It is an uncommon species, but it can be found.
The major threats are likely to be deforestation for agricultural development, illegal crops, logging, and human settlement, and pollution resulting from the spraying of illegal crops.
It occurs in several protected areas, including the Parque Nacional Mache Chindul and Reserva Ecológica Cotacahi-Cayapas in Ecuador.
This species was previously within the genus Hyla but has recently been moved to the resurrected genus Hypsiboas (Faivovich, et al., 2005).
Wilmar Bolívar, Luis A. Coloma, Santiago Ron, Diego Cisneros-Heredia 2004. Hypsiboas picturatus. In: IUCN 2014