This species is known from Valle del Cauca and Choco Departments in the cloud forests of the western flank of the Cordillera Occidental in Colombia, from 900-2,200m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
The species is found mainly in the forest canopy and is mostly active in vegetation 1.5m above the ground in primary and secondary forest; it has not been recorded outside forest. It breeds by direct development.
It is a rare species.
Forest clearance for agricultural development and cattle ranching has already destroyed some of the habitat within the range of the species.
It occurs in Parque Nacional Natural Los Farallones de Cali, but there remains a need for improved protection of its remaining forest habitat in the Cordillera Occidental. Further survey work is necessary to establish the current population status of this species.
Fernando Castro, Maria Isabel Herrera, John Lynch 2004. Pristimantis chrysops. In: IUCN 2014