This species is known only from the type locality, "Hacienda La Victoria (La Granja Infantil-an orphanage, 6km north of Albán on the Albánto Sasaima Road) between Albán and Sasaima...", in the Cordillera Oriental about 50km north-west of Bogotá, in the department of Cundinamarca, in Colombia, at around 1,780m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It occurs in undisturbed or slightly disturbed montane cloud forest, among fallen leaves on slopes, and on bushes and herbaceous vegetation. It breeds by direct development.
It is known from only six specimens, and is thought to be a rare species; no specimens have been found recently despite surveys at the type locality.
Habitat destruction and degradation, primarily due to agriculture, is the major threat, and the habitat in which the species occurs is now severely fragmented.
It is not known to occur in any protected areas, and there is a need for urgent protection of the remaining native habitat at the type locality. Further survey work is required to determine the current population status of this species.
Red List Status
Critically Endangered (CR)
Martha Patricia Ramírez Pinilla, Mariela Osorno-Muñoz, Jose Vicente Rueda, Adolfo Amézquita, María Cristina Ardila-Robayo 2004. Bolitoglossa capitana. In: IUCN 2014