This species ranges from Panama (within El Valle and Cerro Campana, in the central areas of the country and the eastern lowlands and cordilleras) south to Colombia (south to Río Saija). It occurs below 1,000 m asl, generally much lower.
Habitat and Ecology
It is a terrestrial species of humid lowland forest. It is not found in degraded habitats, but does occur in mature secondary forest. The eggs are deposited in leaf-litter, and the tadpoles are carried on the back of the male to bromeliads, where they develop.
It is very abundant in some areas. Due to ongoing decline in the extent and quality of habitat, the population is suspected to be decreasing.
The major threats are deforestation for agricultural development, illegal crops, logging, and human settlement, and pollution resulting from the spraying of illegal crops. Unlike most species of this genus, this species is not collected for the pet trade.
This species has been recorded from a number of protected areas. It is listed on CITES Appendix II, and the Decree INDERENA No. 39 of 9 July 1985 forbids the collection of species of this genus from the wild, for breeding (or other) purposes.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its relatively wide distribution, tolerance of a degree of habitat modification and presumed large population.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2018. Andinobates minutus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018: e.T55192A54344581. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2018-2.RLTS.T55192A54344581.en .Downloaded on 15 December 2018