This species is known only from the vicinity of the type locality on the border of Risaralda and Quindio Departments, Colombia, between 2,200 and 2,900m asl. It might occur more widely than current records suggest.
Habitat and Ecology
It is found on vegetation along streams and away from streams in sub-Andean and Andean forests; it has not been recorded outside forest habitat. Breeding and larval development take place in streams.
This is a rare species, and was last recorded in 1992.
The most serious risk to this species is chytridiomycosis, which has had a devastating impact on other high-altitude species of Atelopus.
It might occur within a protected area (Parque Regional Natural Ucumarí, in Risaralda Department). Further survey work is required to determine the population status of this species and whether or not it occurs outside the vicinity of the type locality. Given the threat of chytridiomycosis, recommended conservation measures will probably need to include the maintenance of any surviving individuals in captivity.
Wilmar Bolívar, Andrés Acosta-Galvis, John Lynch 2004. Atelopus quimbaya. In: IUCN 2014