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Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Venezuela
IUCN (Red List) status: Critically Endangered (CR).
This species is known from the type locality, Chorotal, 15km south-east of la Azulita, and the nearby vicinity, in Mérida State, Venezuela, between 1,880 and 2,400m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It inhabits streams in cloud forest. The eggs are laid on land and the male protects the eggs; when they hatch, the male carries the larvae on his back to the water where they develop further.
It is an uncommon species.
The primary threats to this species are habitat loss due to agriculture (crops and livestock) and agricultural pollution. The invasive bullfrog Rana catesbeiana is also a threat.
The range of this species does not include any protected areas, and there is an urgent need to ensure that the remaining habitat at the type locality is maintained.
Enrique La Marca, Juan Elías García-Pérez 2004. Aromobates meridensis. In: IUCN 2012