This species is known from a single specimen collected near the summit of Cerro Peña Blanca, in the Cordillera Central of central Panama, at an altitude of approximately 1,315m asl. It might occur more widely (since forested habitat has virtually not been sampled between the Fortuna dam region of western Panama and the type locality of this species), but since this is the highest mountain in the region, and given that many neotropical salamander species are known to have very narrow altitudinal ranges, it is possible that this species has a very restricted extent of occurrence.
Habitat and Ecology
The sole known specimen was found inside an earthen mound in forest. This species is considered unlikely to be tolerant of much habitat degradation, and is presumed to breed by direct development.
It appears to be very rare.
Chytridiomycosis is a threat to this species, and has been associated with declines of other species to the north and west of its range. Logging is presumably also a threat to any populations occurring in unprotected areas.
The type locality of this species is within Parque Nacional General de División Omar Torrijos Herrera.
James Hanken, Roberto Ibáñez, David Wake 2006. Bolitoglossa copia. In: IUCN 2014