This species is known from three localities in Antioquia Department, on the northern Cordillera Occidental of Colombia, from 2,030-2,800m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It is usually found perched on very low vegetation, up to 20cm above the ground, along streams inside primary or secondary forest or forest edge, and has not been recorded outside forest habitat. It is nocturnal, and breeds by direct development.
It is a common species.
The major threat is habitat loss caused by agricultural development (primarily for cattle and the cultivation of illegal crops). Some other species of Eleutherodactylus that are associated with streams have undergone dramatic declines and disappearances, possibly due to chytridiomycosis, so the status of this species should be monitored carefully.
The range of the species does not include any protected areas, and protection of its habitat is clearly needed, particularly given its reliance upon intact forest.
Fernando Castro, Maria Isabel Herrera, John Lynch 2004. Pristimantis zophus. In: IUCN 2014