This species is known only from the type locality, the summit of Aripo, in the Northern Range, and probably also Morne Bleu Ridge, Trinidad Island, in Trinidad and Tobago. The total range of the species is estimated to be 10km² or less. It is known from around 940m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It is found in montane rainforest and elfin woodland. It has a very specific microhabitat and is associated with the giant epiphytic bromeliad, Glomeropitcairnia erectiflora. It breeds by larval development in bromeliads. It is not adaptable to disturbance of its habitat.
It is a rare species.
It is threatened by the collection of bromeliads from the forest, and the over collecting of specimens.
It is not known if the species is present within any protected areas, but maintenance and protection of its habitat is urgently required.
Jerry Hardy 2004. Phytotriades auratus. In: IUCN 2014