This species is known from only one site: Granjas del Padre Luna, Municipio de Alban, western slope of the Cordillera Oriental, in Cundinamarca Department, Colombia, at 2,090m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It occurs in streams in cloud forest. It also reproduces in rapid streams.
This species was known to be abundant up until around 1995. Six subsequent visits and some 80 hours of searching during the course of 2002-2003 turned up only one tadpole, perhaps indicative of a serious decline.
The most serious risk to this species is chytridiomycosis, which has had a devastating impact on other high-altitude species of Atelopus. Habitat loss is also a major threat to this species, mainly caused by agricultural expansion and human settlement.
This species is not known to occur in any protected area, and there is an urgent need for improved habitat protection at its only known locality. Further survey work is required to determine the current population status of this species. Given the probable threat of chytridiomycosis, disease management and captive-breeding programmes might be required.
Red List Status
Critically Endangered (CR)
Jose Vicente Rueda, Wilmar Bolívar, Andrés Acosta-Galvis 2004. Atelopus farci. In: IUCN 2014