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
Listed as Endangered because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 5,000 km2, all individuals are in fewer than five locations, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat on the Cerro Turimiquire in northern Venezuela.
Enrique La Marca, Jesús Manzanilla 2004. Allobates mandelorum. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T55108A11251397. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T55108A11251397.en