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
Listed as Vulnerable because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 20,000 km2, its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its forest habitat in northwestern Ecuador.
Diego Cisneros-Heredia, Mario Yánez-Muñoz, Ana Almendáriz, Luis A. Coloma, Santiago Ron 2004. Bolitoglossa chica. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T59146A11889549. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T59146A11889549.en