Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Venezuela
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IUCN (Red List) status: Endangered (EN).
For Red List information on this species, see the IUCN species account.
From the IUCN Red List Species Account:
This species is only known from the type locality, Vía El Morro, in the district of Libertador, in the state of Mérida, Venezuela, from 1,800-2,300m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It inhabits mountain streams in cloud forest. The eggs are laid on land and the male protects the eggs. When they are hatched, the male carries the larvae on his back to water where they develop further.
It is an uncommon species.
The major threats are agriculture, involving both crops and livestock, and predation on larvae by invasive trout; the area of occupancy of this species is now less than 20km².
A population may be protected within Parque Nacional Sierra Nevada. Continued and strengthened management of this area, and expansion of the existing protected areas network to include other montane forest habitat in the Venezuelan Andes, are necessary.
Enrique La Marca, Juan Elías García-Pérez 2004. Aromobates serranus. In: IUCN 2012