The species inhabits wet tropical forests of the foothills of the western slopes of the Cordillera Oriental (departments of Boyacá and Santander) and eastern slopes of the Cordillera Central (departments of Caldas and Antioquia), in Colombia. It is found between 70 and 320 masl (Grant et al., 2007).
Habitat and Ecology
The species is found in forests that are no taller than 20 m. The mean temperature of the region is 28 C and annual precipitation is greater than 2,000 mm, with one rainy season in April–June and a second season of greater precipitation in September–November. The presence of the species becomes conspicuous with the onset of winter (September–November) rains (Grant et al., 2007).
Allobates niputidea is diurnal, most active in the morning hours. Males call from the forest leaf litter. Individuals are often found at some distance (greater than 3 m) from permanent streams. Adults were observed scattered throughout the forest from September–November, whereas juveniles were found in isolated pools in the forest interior (Grant et al., 2007).
No population status information is available for this species.
No major threats are known for this species.
No conservation measures are currently known for this species.
Allobates niputidea can be differentiated from other similar species by a combination of morphological features, including those of tadpoles (Grant et al. 2007).
Ariadne Angulo 2008. Allobates niputidea. In: IUCN 2014