This species is known from the Andes of Mérida State, in Venezuela. It has been recorded from 1,200-2,400m asl. Records from the Sierra del Turimiquire, in Sucre and Monagas States, are misidentifications.
Habitat and Ecology
It is an inhabitant of small ponds in cloud forests. It lays its eggs directly in water, where the larvae also develop.
This is an uncommon species that is estimated to have undergone a significant decline over the past ten years.
The main threats are agriculture, involving both crops and livestock, as well as agricultural pollution. The recent introduction of Rana catesbeiana has probably been at least partly responsible for the decline in populations of this frog.
Although most of the species' range is outside protected areas, it may occur in Parque Nacional La Culata and/or Parque Nacional Sierra Nevada. Remaining cloud forest habitats in the Venezuelan Andes are in urgent need of protection.
Red List Status
Listed as Endangered because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 5,000 km2, its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat in the Venezuelan Andes.
This species was previously included in the genus Hyla but has recently been moved to the resurrected genus Dendropsophus (Faivovich et al. 2005).
Enrique La Marca 2004. Dendropsophus meridensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T55555A11331704. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T55555A11331704.en .Downloaded on 12 December 2018