This species is known from the type locality: Cerro del Ingles near San Jose del Palmor, close to Serrania de los Paraguas, in Choco department, between 1,900 and 2,200m asl. It is also known from Boqueron in the Municipality of El Cairo, Valle del Cauca department, in Colombia. It might occur a little more widely.
Habitat and Ecology
A terrestrial species, it occurs in montane forest on the forest floor and near the forest edge. It has not been recorded from anthropogenically disturbed habitats. Its breeding habits are not known, although breeding is likely to take place in streams.
The current population status is unknown, and it is known from less than 10 specimens. The species was last collected in 1998, and the area has most likely not been surveyed since then.
Like other Atelopus species, it is presumably at serious risk from chytridiomycosis. Habitat loss due to subsistence wood collection and clear-cutting, and forest clearance for the planting of illegal crops and cattle ranching, is also a major threat.
The range of the species includes the Parque Nacional Natural Tatamá. More research into the species' range, ecological requirements, and population status is needed. The threat of chytridiomycosis means that successful conservation measures will probably need to include the maintenance of any surviving individuals in captivity.
Fernando Castro, Stefan Lötters, Jose Vicente Rueda 2004. Atelopus chocoensis. In: IUCN 2014