This species is known from the Venezuelan Andean states of western Mérida and eastern Táchira. It has been recorded between 1,825 and 2,670m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It occurs in clear, fast-flowing streams in Andean cloud forests, and in the puddles alongside the streams, and is sometimes hidden inside introduced "kikuyo" pasture grasses (Pennisetum clandestinum). The eggs are laid on land and the male protects the eggs. When they are hatched, the male carries the larvae on his back to water where they develop further.
It is an uncommon species and is in decline.
Most of the species' original habitat has now been lost to agricultural activities (involving livestock and crops), and the remaining habitat is severely fragmented.
The species' range may be partially within Parque Nacional Los Paramos. Continued and strengthened management of this area, and expansion of the existing protected areas network to include other tracts of montane forest habitat in the Venezuelan Andes, are necessary.
Red List Status
Listed as Endangered, because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 5,000 km2 and its Area of Occupancy is less than 500 km2, its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat, and in the number of mature individuals.
Enrique La Marca, Juan Elías García-Pérez 2004. Aromobates haydeeae. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T55255A11281918. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T55255A11281918.en