This species is known from the Páramo de Tamá, on the Venezuelan-Colombian border, in Apure State, Venezuela. It has been heard in Colombia from Venezuela, along the stream that marks the border between the two countries. Its known altitudinal range is 2,950-3,200m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It lives in high-elevation sphagnum bogs in páramo habitat. The tadpoles have been found in streams.
This species has not been seen since 1987, but there have not been any surveys within its range since this time.
The major threat is likely to be chytridiomycosis, leading to a catastrophic population decline, as has occurred in many other montane species of Atelopus. The only likely threat to its habitat is fire.
It occurs in the Parque Nacional El Tamá in Venezuela, and Parque Nacional Natural Tamá in neighbouring Colombia. In view of the risk of infections with the chytrid fungus, it is a very high priority to conduct surveys to relocate this species and determine its current population status, as well as to initiate a captive-breeding programme.
Red List Status
Critically Endangered (CR)
Listed as Critically Endangered because of a projected population decline, estimated to be more than 80% over the next ten years, inferred from declines in other high altitude Atelopus species in the same region, probably due to chytridiomycosis.
Enrique La Marca, Juan Elías García-Pérez 2004. Atelopus tamaense. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T54558A11167366. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T54558A11167366.en