This species is restricted to the Cerro Turimiquire, a mountainous region shared between Monagas, Sucre, and Anzoátegui States, in eastern Venezuela. It has been recorded from 1,900-2,630m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It inhabits cloud forest and sub-páramo shrubland. The eggs are laid on land and when hatched the male carries the larvae on his back to water, where they develop further.
It is a common species.
The main threat is habitat loss due to agriculture, involving both crops and livestock, as well as road construction for telecommunications installations.
Its range includes a protected area for a dam project (Zona Protectora Macizo Turimiquire), but the habitat of this species is in need of much better protection.
Red List Status
Enrique La Marca, Jesús Manzanilla 2004. Allobates mandelorum. In: IUCN 2014