This species is only known from a single zone near Bailadores, in Mérida State, Venezuela, at an altitude of 1,800-2,600m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It inhabits dry evergreen montane forest, where it lives along slow-flowing streams. 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.
Habitat destruction and degradation, caused primarily by intensive agriculture, has reduced the area of occupancy of this species to less than 10km².
Its range does not include any protected areas, although it is possible that it might occur in Parque Nacional Páramos El Batallón y La Negra. 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.
Listed as Endangered, because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 5,000 km2 and its Area of Occupancy is less than 500 km2, its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is continuing decline in its area of occupancy and in the extent and quality of its habitat.
Enrique La Marca, Juan Elías García-Pérez 2010. Aromobates molinarii. In: IUCN 2013.2 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. .