This species is only known to occur in the Laguna de Guitara, Parque Nacional Natural Sumapaz, Meta Department, Colombia, at 3,400m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It lives and reproduces in streams in páramo habitats.
It is rare, being recorded only from two expeditions conducted in 1975 and 1990. There has been no subsequent survey work for this species.
The most serious risk to this species is chytridiomycosis, which has had a devastating impact on other high-altitude species of Atelopus. Its habitat is threatened by fires caused by cattle ranchers.
This species occurs in the Parque Nacional Natural Sumapaz. Further work is required to determine the population status of this species; given the threat of chytridiomycosis, a captive-breeding programme might need to be established for this species.
Red List Status
Critically Endangered (CR)
Mariela Osorno-Muñoz, María Cristina Ardila-Robayo, Andrés Acosta-Galvis 2004. Atelopus guitarraensis. In: IUCN 2014