This species is known from Antioquia, Chocó and Risaralda departments on the western versant of the Cordillera Occidental, in Colombia, from 1,000-1,900m asl. It probably occurs more widely than current records suggest.
Habitat and Ecology
It occurs on cliffs or on rocks in streams with a suitable forest canopy cover. It breeds by direct development, and juveniles occur on vegetation near streams.
It is generally a common species.
The major threat is habitat loss caused by agricultural development (illegal crops). Some other species of Eleutherodactylus that are associated with streams at high elevations have undergone dramatic declines and disappearances, possibly due to chytridiomycosis, so the status of this species should be monitored carefully.
Some populations are inside the Parque Nacional Natural Las Orquideas and Parque Nacional Natural Tatama. Protection of the species' habitat is essential to its long-term survival given its reliance on an intact forest canopy.
Fernando Castro, Maria Isabel Herrera, John Lynch 2004. Pristimantis ruedai. In: IUCN 2014