This species is known from the type locality, Chorotal, 15km south-east of la Azulita, and the nearby vicinity, in Mérida State, Venezuela, between 1,880 and 2,400m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It inhabits streams in cloud forest. The eggs are laid on land and the male protects the eggs; when they hatch, the male carries the larvae on his back to the water where they develop further.
It is an uncommon species.
The primary threats to this species are habitat loss due to agriculture (crops and livestock) and agricultural pollution. The invasive bullfrog Rana catesbeiana is also a threat.
The range of this species does not include any protected areas, and there is an urgent need to ensure that the remaining habitat at the type locality is maintained.
Red List Status
Critically Endangered (CR)
Listed as Critically Endangered because its Area of Occupancy is probably less than 10km2, all individuals are in a single sub-population, and the extent of its forest habitat on the Venezuelan Andes is declining.
Enrique La Marca, Juan Elías García-Pérez 2004. Aromobates meridensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T55257A11263629. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T55257A11263629.en