This species is known from high elevations of the central Andes (Cordillera Central) in the departments of Antioquia, Caldas, Quindio, Risoralda and Tolima, in Colombia, between 2,210-3,000m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
The species occurs in premontane forest and sub-páramo among fallen leaves on the ground, and in low bromeliads. It has also been recorded from disturbed habitats such as pastureland and heavily degraded forest.
It is a very common species.
Habitat destruction caused by deforestation, agriculture, illegal harvesting and chemical aspersion are localized threats but there are no major threats to the species overall.
The range of the species includes a few protected areas.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern since, although its Extent of Occurrence is probably less than 20,000 km2, it is common and adaptable with a presumed large population, and it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
Fernando Castro, Maria Isabel Herrera, Alonso Quevedo Gil 2004. Bolitoglossa vallecula. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T59215A11898743. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T59215A11898743.en