The type locality is "Sta. Isabel bei Para", Brazil. The species is distributed over the Amazon Basin of Brazil, according to Frost (2007). According to M.S. Hoogmoed (pers. comm. 2008) at least 3, possibly 4, species are distributed in Brazilian Amazônia and B. paraensis only occurs in eastern Pará State between Belém and Bragança, below 50 m above sea level, and in Amapá, in the Guianan Shield. All other records from Brazilian Amazônia concern other taxa. The species found in Acre may be Bolitoglossa altamazonica (S. Neckel Oliveira, pers. comm. 2008).
Habitat and Ecology
The species is known to occur in lowland Amazonian rainforests. It occurs primarily on bushes and tree trunks of the primary forest understory. Clutch size can vary between 8-15 eggs (S. Neckel Oliveira, pers. comm. 2008). Specimens of a related taxon in western Brazilian Amazonia were mostly found in leaf litter on the forest floor (M.S. Hoogmoed, pers. comm. 2008).
This is considered to be a common species in the forest fragments in and around Belém do Pará. Taxa confounded with it appear to be rare in other localities (the region of Juruti, Pará, and states of Amapá and Amazonas: Urucu, Benjamin Constant and Juruá) (S. Neckel Oliveira, pers. comm. 2008).
Deforestation due to urban growth in the region of Belém and bauxite mining in the region of Juruti. Other localities are well preserved (S. Neckel Oliveira, pers. comm. 2008). The habitat of a related taxon in western Brazilian Amazonia is threatened (or already destroyed) by expanding agricultural activities (M.S. Hoogmoed, pers. comm. 2008).
One population in Amapá is close to Tumucumaque National Park. Other populations are not close to protected areas (S. Neckel Oliveira, pers. comm. 2008).
Red List Status
Data Deficient (DD)
In the subgenus Eladinea and in the adspersa species group. Parra-Olea et al. (2004) removed Bolitoglossa paraensis from synonymy with Bolitoglossa altamazonica. M.S. Hoogmoed (pers. comm. 2008) indicates that B. paraensis is a complex of 3-4 species. The nominal species occurs between Belém and Bragança, with one outlying record in Amapá, all other records from Brazilian Amazônia would be other taxa. However, data on habitat, habits and threats of these taxa are included as separate notes under B. paraensis, but their distribution has not been mapped, the map only reflects the known distribution of B. paraensis. Work on the resolution of the taxonomy of this complex is underway.
Selvino Neckel Oliveira, Marinus Hoogmoed 2010. Bolitoglossa paraensis. In: IUCN 2014