This species is known only from the region of the type locality in the Páramo de Frontino, in the department of Antioquia, in Colombia, at 3,300-3,800 m asl. It is probably genuinely restricted to this area.
Habitat and Ecology
It occurs in páramo and sub-páramo areas, amongst fallen leaves, grass and sparse vegetation. It is closely associated with the leaf axils of Espeletia spp. It breeds by direct development.
The species is rare in collections, but it is difficult to access the páramo for herpetological surveys; it is probably not a rare species.
The range of the species is at very high elevations and out of reach of human disturbance at present. However, climate change could be a future threat that reduces the suitable habitat available to the species.
There are no formal protected areas within the range of the species, although Páramo Urrao is a Protected Forest Reserve. The creation of a protected area to conserve the habitat of this species is recommended, although this measure alone will not protect the species against the effects of climate change. Close population monitoring of this species is required, given its extremely restricted range.
Castro, F., Herrera, M.I. & Lynch, J. 2009. Pristimantis satagius. In: IUCN 2014