This species is only known from its type locality of Asarrio on the Pescado River in the Amazonian lowlands in Caquetá Department, Colombia, at 200 m asl. It has not been found elsewhere, and probably has a very small range. Records from Putumayo previously ascribed to this species likely pertain to Ameerega bilinguis (J. Mueses-Cisneros pers. comm. August 2016). Its extent of occurrence (EOO) is 10 km2, although until further taxonomic work can be done on the individuals found at type locality this remains uncertain.
Habitat and Ecology
The area where it was collected was lowland forest. It is probably a terrestrial and diurnal species, laying its eggs in leaf-litter. The males probably take care of the eggs and then move the larvae to pools of water in epiphytes for development. Until the taxonomic status of individuals found at the type locality is worked out, we will not have better natural history information for this species (Colombia Red List Workshop August 2016).
It is known definitively from a single specimen which was described in 1970. Surveys in the region have not turned up any new specimens. However, the description of this species is somewhat vague, making it hard to determine if Ameerega specimens collected from the region of the type locality pertain to this species. The original description states that the frog is coloured red; however, individuals that are found today at the type locality are brownish or bluish. If these individuals prove to be conspecific with this species, it can be considered common, including during visits in 2016 (D. Mejía pers. comm. August 2016).
The entire region where the type specimen was collected has suffered from deforestation for cattle farming since 1978. No forest remains at the type locality, and deforestation continues in the region as of 2016, although some of the habitat is protected in a national park.
The range of the species may include Parque Nacional Natural Alto Fragua Indiwasi, which is located in the region of the type locality.
Taxonomic work is urgently needed to determine the status of the individuals found to be common in the vicinity of the type locality.
Red List Status
Data Deficient (DD)
Listed as Data Deficient because of the taxonomic uncertainty about the individuals that are found in the area of the type locality. These individuals do not perfectly match the original description, but the only difference is in coloration. If these individuals can indeed be referred to this species, then the species probably would be listed as Least Concern because of their abundance and occurrence in a large protected area. If they represent a different taxon, then A. ingeri may be extinct considering that it is a forest species and no forest remains at the type locality.
Records from Putumayo previously ascribed to this species likely pertain to Ameerega bilinguis (J. Mueses-Cisneros pers. comm. August 2016)
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2017. Ameerega ingeri. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T55224A85885599. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-3.RLTS.T55224A85885599.en