This species is known only from the vicinity of the type locality, on the eastern slope of the Cordillera Central, in the Municipality of Pensilvania, Department of Caldas, in Colombia, at 1,800-2,400m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It is a nocturnal species, often found perching on medium to high vegetation, next to streams in primary forest with suitable canopy cover. During the day, it is found in leaf-litter on the forest floor. It breeds by direct development and lays up to 18 eggs that are deposited on moss, up to 1m above ground.
It is a rare species.
The main threat is habitat loss as a result of deforestation caused by logging (subsistence wood collecting, clear cutting) and agricultural development (the planting of illegal crops).
The species' distribution is within the recently gazetted Parque Nacional Natural Selva de Florencia.
Fernando Castro, Maria Isabel Herrera, John Lynch 2004. Pristimantis veletis. In: IUCN 2014