This species is known only from a few localities within the vicinity of the type locality, Puerto Suárez, on the Cordillera Occidental in Caldas Department, Colombia, from 1,800-2,650m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It is found in primary and secondary forests, and is very dependent on humid conditions and streamside conditions. It can be found on rocks and low vegetation. It needs gallery forest to maintain the humid conditions, and hence is not tolerant of any disturbance of its habitat. It breeds by direct development.
It is not a common species.
Habitat loss, as a result of deforestation for agricultural development (including the planting of illegal crops), is the major threat to this species. Some other species of Eleutherodactylus associated with montane streams have undergone dramatic declines and disappearances, possibly due to chytridiomycosis, so the status of this species should be monitored carefully.
There are no protected areas within the range of the species, and there is a need for the protection of remaining tracts of montane forest in this region.
Fernando Castro, Maria Isabel Herrera, John Lynch 2004. Pristimantis fetosus. In: IUCN 2014