This species occurs in the Páramo de Tamá, in Venezuela (Apure and Táchira Sates) and adjacent Colombia (Norte de Santander Department), at 2,300-2,350m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
This is a species found in cloud forest, which lives in rotten wood. It has been found in degraded forest, and although is very hard to see it is easily heard. It breeds by direct development, and the eggs are carried on the back of the female.
It was abundant in the mid 1980s, and the absence of recent records is probably due to a lack of survey effort.
There is very little recent information available, though much of its habitat is protected.
It is protected within Parque Nacional Tamá in both Venezuela and Colombia.
This genus has recently been moved from the family Hylidae (Faivovich et al. 2005).
Enrique La Marca, María Cristina Ardila-Robayo, Jose Vicente Rueda 2004. Gastrotheca helenae. In: IUCN 2014