This species is known only from the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, in northern Colombia, at 1,400–2,800 m Asl. Its EOO is 4,851 km2 and it occurs at more than ten threat-defined locations.
Habitat and Ecology
This nocturnal species inhabits montane forest, living principally in bromeliads and dried ferns. It has also been found in decaying logs and stumps and under decaying leaves. It breeds through direct development.
It is a relatively common species, particularly in the wet forest around 2,000 m Asl (Rueda-Solano et al. 2016). During seven surveys throughout the months of October and November 2008, March 2009, April and October 2013, and April and November 2014, a total of 44 individuals were detected within the sector of the experimental station of San Lorenzo (Rueda-Solano et al. 2016). The most recent record is from 2016 (L.A. Rueda-Solano pers. comm. August 2016). The population is not considered severely fragmented.
The main threats to this species are agriculture (coffee plantations), livestock and intentional fires.
It occurs in Parque Nacional Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.
More information is needed on this species' distribution, population status, ecology, and threats.
Red List Status
Near Threatened (NT)
Listed as Near Threatened since although its extent of occurrence (EOO) is 4,851 km2 and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat, thus making the species close to qualifying for Vulnerable, it occurs in more than ten locations and its population is not severely fragmented.
Specimens from the Cordillera de Mérida in Venezuela are now referred to Bolitoglossa guaramacalensis (Wake pers. comm.).
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2017. Bolitoglossa savagei. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T59204A49345792. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-2.RLTS.T59204A49345792.en