This species is known from Alto Pance (Corea), Municipality of Cali, in the Valle del Cauca Department on the eastern slope of the Cordillera Occidental, in Colombia, at 2,600m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It is a terrestrial and diurnal species, with all specimens having been found in artificially cleared forest. Its breeding habits are not known, but it presumably breeds in streams like other species in the genus.
This species is known from only a few specimens, and was last recorded in 1996.
The most serious threat to this species is chytridiomycosis, which has had a devastating impact on other high-altitude species of Atelopus.
The type locality is within the Parque Nacional Natural Farallones de Cali. Further survey work is required to determine the biology and current population status of this species. Considering that chytridiomycosis is the likely overwhelming threat, surviving individuals might need to form the basis for the establishment of an ex-situ population.
Red List Status
Critically Endangered (CR)
Stefan Lötters, John Lynch 2004. Atelopus pictiventris. In: IUCN 2014