This species is known only from the type locality, Páramo del Duende, in Valle del Cauca Department, Colombia, from 3,000-3,600m asl. Its range is likely to extend up to high areas next to the Farallones de Cali peaks.
Habitat and Ecology
It is usually found in bromeliads, and only in pristine humid alpine páramo habitat. It breeds by direct development.
It is a very common species, although hard to catch.
The locality is currently pristine páramo and is quite steep, so there are no present threats to this species' habitat. Climate change might represent a potential future threat since this species is located at high altitude in páramo habitat.
The range of the species does not include any protected areas. This species would benefit from the creation of a protected area to conserve its habitat, as it is restricted to pristine páramo. More research into the species' Extent of Occurrence, ecological requirements and population status is needed, in particular to determine if it occurs outside the vicinity of the type locality.
Fernando Castro, Maria Isabel Herrera, John Lynch 2004. Pristimantis duende. In: IUCN 2014