Pristimantis simoterus
family: Strabomantidae
subfamily: Strabomantinae

© 2008 Andrés Acosta (1 of 1)

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Colombia

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Near Threatened (NT)
See IUCN account.
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None


From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is known from the departments of Caldas, Risaralda and Tolima on the Cordillera Central, in Colombia, from 2,700-4,350m asl.

Habitat and Ecology

It occurs in páramo vegetation and is active at night, calling on the ground among grasses and low bushes. During the day it occurs on graminaceous vegetation or under logs and rocks. It also occurs above the tree line and can be found in pastureland, but this is a marginal habitat for the species. Breeding is by direct development.


The species is very abundant in Parque Nacional Natural Los Nevados and is also common elsewhere.

Population Trend


Major Threats

Habitat loss caused by smallholder livestock grazing and cultivation of crops (some of them illegal) is a threat to it outside protected areas. However, this species is adaptable and much of its range is at altitudes above the level of significant human impact, and so it is not greatly threatened.

Conservation Actions

Most populations are inside Parque Nacional Natural Los Nevados.


Fernando Castro, Maria Isabel Herrera, John Lynch 2004. Pristimantis simoterus. In: IUCN 2014


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