This species is known from the type locality (the vicinity of Santo Domingo de los Colorados), and from the lower part of the Río Bolaniguas and Bilsa Reserve, in Provincia de Pichincha, in Ecuador. It has been recorded from 250-600m asl. It presumably occurs more widely, but is currently known only from four localities.
Habitat and Ecology
It inhabits moist forest in the western tropical altitude zone. The holotype was captured on a broad-leafed fern at night (Brame and Wake 1963b). It breeds by direct development.
It is considered to be quite rare.
Livestock farming and logging are threats to the species' habitat.
Its range overlaps with Reserva Ecológica Cotacachi Cayapas and Mache Chindul.
Red List Status
Diego Cisneros-Heredia, Mario Yánez-Muñoz, Ana Almendáriz, Luis A. Coloma, Santiago Ron 2004. Bolitoglossa chica. In: IUCN 2014