This species is known from the eastern flank of the Cordillera Central in the departments of Caldas and Tolima, and from the western and eastern flanks of the Cordillera Oriental in the departments of Cundinamarca, Boyacá, Santander, Meta and Serranía de la Macarena. It has been recorded from 350-2,500m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It occurs on the ground in cloud forests and in tropical rainforests in the Orinoco region. It is adaptable to a degree of habitat modification and has been found in crop and pastureland. Lynch (2006) considered that the species was quite sensitive to habitat modification by man. Populations on the Orinocoan part of the range are associated to streams and are considered to be quite sensitive; however, populations on the Río Magdalena Valley can be found in disturbed areas and polluted streams, they can even be found in open areas near streams and small ponds (A. Acosta, pers. comm. 2008; J.V. Rueda, pers. comm. 2008). The larvae develop in streams.
It is a common species.
There are no known threats to this widespread, adaptable species.
Its range includes Guanentá and Macarena protected areas. Taxonomic research is needed to resolve what is probably a species complex.
This form is probably a complex of more than one species.
Martha Patricia Ramírez Pinilla, Mariela Osorno-Muñoz, Jose Vicente Rueda, Adolfo Amézquita, María Cristina Ardila-Robayo 2010. Rheobates palmatus. In: IUCN 2013