This species has a very restricted range around Alto del Buey, on the Serrania Baudo, in Choco Department, Colombia, between 980 and 1,070m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It lives on the ground and in bromeliads in very humid pre-montane forests in the Pacific region of Colombia. There is no information on breeding, but it is probable that the eggs are laid in leaf-litter, and that the tadpoles are carried by the adults to bromeliads. There is no information on its adaptability to secondary habitats.
There is little information on its population status.
There is very little information on threats to this species, though it is likely that some populations are threatened by habitat loss due mainly to smallholder agricultural activities, logging, and human settlement. It might also be collected for the pet trade.
It occurs in the Parque Nacional Natural Utria. Management practices that could allow a commercial, sustainable harvest of this species should be investigated. Decree INDERENA No. 39 of 9 July, 1985, forbids the collection of Dendrobates spp. from the wild for breeding (or other) purposes.
Red List Status
Wilmar Bolívar, Taran Grant 2004. Andinobates altobueyensis. In: IUCN 2014