This species is known only from forested streams along the highway between Cartago and San José del Palmar on the western slopes of the Serranía de los Paraguas, in the department of Chocó, Colombia, from 1,850-1,860m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It occurs along streams and by waterfalls, on wet rocks and moss inside the forest; adequate canopy cover is an important habitat requirement. It breeds by direct development and some juveniles are found on wet vegetation next to waterfalls.
This is a locally common species.
The habitat of the species is relatively unthreatened at present, although if a planned road is built this will present a major threat to the species' habitat. Agricultural development (illegal crops) also presents a potential future threat. Some other species of Eleutherodactylus that are associated with streams have undergone dramatic declines and disappearances, possibly due to chytridiomycosis, so the status of this species should be monitored carefully.
It is not currently recorded from any protected areas, but there are ongoing efforts to transform the Serrania de los Paraguas into a wildlife reserve.
Red List Status
Listed as Vulnerable because it is known from fewer than five locations.
Fernando Castro, Maria Isabel Herrera, John Lynch 2004. Pristimantis signifer. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T56962A11547970. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T56962A11547970.en .Downloaded on 11 December 2018