This species is known from the flanks of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, in the Departments of Cesar, Guajira and Magdalena, Colombia, from 1,300–2,700 m asl. Its EOO is 8,254 km2 and it occurs at more than 10 locations.
Habitat and Ecology
This is a nocturnal species that can be observed perching on bromeliads, in which it shelters during the day. The species is very dependent on bromeliads, and can tolerate some level of degradation as long as there are bromeliads present (Colombia Red List Assessment Workshop August 2016). Breeding is by direct development, and the main site of egg deposition is on the leaves of bromeliads. Males are territorial and have parental care.
It is abundant. During seven surveys throughout the months of October and November 2008, March 2009, April and October 2013, and April and November 2014, a total of 48 individuals were detected within the sector of the experimental station of San Lorenzo (Rueda-Solano et al. 2016). Its population is presumed to be stable (Colombia Red List Assessment Workshop August 2016).
The major threats to this species' habitat are cultivation and fumigation of crops, and the rearing of livestock.
Its range includes Parque Nacional Natural Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and Reserva Natural El Dorado.
More information is needed on this species' distribution, population status, natural history, and threats.
Red List Status
Near Threatened (NT)
Listed as Near Threatened since although its extent of occurrence (EOO) is 8,254 km2 and its habitat is declining as a result of agriculture and livestock, thus making the species close to qualifying for Vulnerable, it occurs in more than 10 locations, the population is considered stable and not severely fragmented.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2017. Pristimantis tayrona. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T56997A85880400. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-3.RLTS.T56997A85880400.en .Downloaded on 23 January 2019