This species occurs mainly on the Pacific slopes of the Cordillera Occidental in Colombia, from the Department of Antioquia south to Narino, with a possibly isolated population in Pichincha Province in northwestern Ecuador. There are additional populations on the northern slope of Cordillera Occidental (Antioquia), and on the eastern slope of Cordillera Central (Antioquia and Caldas). It occurs at elevations of 1,200-2,200m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It is a nocturnal species of montane cloud forest, including secondary forest and clearings, but not in very open areas. It is not associated with streams. It is presumed to breed by direct development, though the egg deposition site is not known.
It is a not a common species.
The major threats are likely to be deforestation for agricultural development, plantations, illegal crops, logging, and human settlement, and pollution resulting from the spraying of illegal crops.
It occurs in some protected areas in Colombia, such as Los Farallones de Cali and Munchique National Natural Parks.
Fernando Castro, Santiago Ron, Luis A. Coloma, Wilmar Bolívar, Taran Grant 2004. Hypodactylus babax. In: IUCN 2014