This species occurs in the Colombian Pacific lowlands, in Valle de Cauca, Risaralda, and Choco Departments, between 50 and 500m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It lives in leaf-litter in humid forests close to water sources, and is presumed to breed in streams. It has been found in primary and secondary forest, but not in heavily degraded areas.
It is a locally abundant species, and has apparently not shown any dramatic population declines. It has been recorded as recently as 2001.
The major threats are deforestation for agricultural development, the planting of illegal crops, logging, and human settlement, and pollution resulting from the spraying of illegal crops. Since it occurs at very low altitudes, it might not be as prone to chytridiomycosis as other members of its genus.
It occurs in several protected areas. Continued population monitoring is required, especially in light of the potential threat of chytridiomycosis.
Wilmar Bolívar, Stefan Lötters 2004. Atelopus spurrelli. In: IUCN 2014