This species is known from several locations in the Cordillera Central of the Colombian Andes: the type locality ("Boqueron, Serranía Las Valdías, Municipio de Medellin"), El Yerbal (in the municipality of Belmira) and Sonson, all three in the department of Antioquia; as well as Quebrada Negra vicinity, in the county of Pensilvania, and in the Reserva Río Blanco, County of Manizales, in the department of Caldas, north of Quindio and Tolima Departments. It has been recorded from 2,600-3,200m asl. It is likely to occur more widely than currently records suggest.
Habitat and Ecology
It is found on fallen leaves and grass roots in sub-páramo habitats; it is not known whether it can occur in disturbed habitats. Breeding is by direct development.
It is a rare species, although this may be partly due to the species' cryptozoic behaviour.
The major threat is habitat loss caused by deforestation for agricultural development (including illegal crops).
It is found in the Río Blanco Water District of the city of Manesalles (a forest protected for water catchments), which affords some protection. However, there is a need for additional protection of this species' sub-páramo habitat.
Fernando Castro, Maria Isabel Herrera, John Lynch 2004. Hypodactylus latens. In: IUCN 2014