This species is known only from along the western flank of the Cordillera Occidental of Colombia from Paramillo (Antioquía Department) to Valle del Cauca Department, and from the eastern slope of the department of Caldas in the Cordillera Central. It occurs at moderate elevations from 700-2,000m asl. It might occur a little more widely, but this requires confirmation.
Habitat and Ecology
A nocturnal species that inhabits primary or secondary forests with good regeneration. It perches on branches and bushes very high above the ground. Eggs are laid on logs and moss, and breeding takes place by direct development.
It is a common species.
The primary threats are habitat loss, due to agriculture (both crops and livestock), and pollution, as a result of the fumigation of crops.
Its range includes Parque Nacional Natural Tatama, Parque Nacional Natural Farallones de Cali, Parque Nacional Natural Las Orquideas, and Regional Reserve Bosques de Florencia.
Martha Patricia Ramírez Pinilla, Mariela Osorno-Muñoz, Jose Vicente Rueda, Adolfo Amézquita, María Cristina Ardila-Robayo 2004. Pristimantis orpacobates. In: IUCN 2014