This species ranges from northeastern Honduras to northwestern Panama on the Atlantic slope; and on the Pacific slope in southwestern Costa Rica and adjacent western Panama and El Valle de Anton, Cocle Province, in west-central Panama. There is an isolated record from the middle Magdalena Valley in Santander Department, Colombia (that might eventually prove to be a separate species). It occurs from sea level to 1,525m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It inhabits humid lowland and montane forest in the vicinity of rocky streams where it reproduces. It can tolerate substantial disturbance of its habitat, and is found in plantations and urban areas.
This is a common species throughout its range.
It is not facing any significant threats.
It occurs in many protected areas.
It is not clear that records from Colombia refer to the same species as those in Central America, in part, because of the large gap in the distribution (K.-H. Jungfer pers. comm.). It is possible that this is a complex of two or three species (Federico Bolaños pers. comm.).
Frank Solís, Roberto Ibáñez, Gerardo Chaves, Larry David Wilson, Karl-Heinz Jungfer, Federico Bolaños, Javier Sunyer 2010. Smilisca sordida. In: IUCN 2014