This species is known from the vicinity of the type locality and Puente Largo, in the Municipality of Frontino in Antioquia department, on the Cordillera Occidental, in Colombia, from 3,600-3,700 m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It is restricted to páramo areas, among fallen leaves and fallen trunks and on the low strata of vegetation. Its breeding habits are unknown.
It is restricted to the Páramo Frontino, and is not common. It was seen as recently as 2008 (Fundación ProAves 2008).
The type locality is pristine páramo, and is relatively inaccessible at present which affords it some protection. Climate change poses a potential future threat.
The type locality is within Parque Nacional Natural Paramillo. The species has recently been reported for Reserva Natural Colibrí del Sol (Fundación ProAves 2008).There is a need for close monitoring to determine if climate change is having any effect on the population, particularly given its confined range.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern given that, although it has a restricted distribution, its range is within a remote, currently undisturbed, protected area, and its population is not believed to be in decline.
Castro, F., Isabel Herrera, M. & Lynch, J. 2009. Bolitoglossa hypacra. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2009: e.T59170A11893035. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2009-2.RLTS.T59170A11893035.en