This species lives on the eastern slope of the eastern Andes, Meta Department, Villavicencio, Acacias, Vereda Portachuelo, via Manzanares, Colombia, at 1,370-1,560m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It is an inhabitant of cloud forest, with breeding and larval development taking place in streams. It tolerates natural disturbances such as landslides, but not significant opening up of its habitat.
This species was abundant in the early 1980s, but was last seen in 1985 (despite subsequent surveys in 1987). No one has returned to look for this species since.
It occurs in a very restricted area that is severely threatened by habitat destruction, particularly due to cattle ranching. However, the most serious risk to this species is chytridiomycosis, which has had a devastating impact on other high-altitude Atelopus species.
This species is not known to occur in any protected areas. Surveys are urgently needed to determine the population status of the species. In view of the severe risk of chytridiomycosis, ex-situ populations might need to be established.
Jose Vicente Rueda, María Cristina Ardila-Robayo, Andrés Acosta-Galvis, Mariela Osorno-Muñoz, Ruth Adriana Maldonado-Silva 2004. Atelopus minutulus. In: IUCN 2014