Colostethus mertensi
family: Dendrobatidae
subfamily: Colostethinae
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Endangered (EN)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Colombia


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is known from Cerro Munchique, and Quintana (near Popayan in Cauca Department), between 2,100 and 2,350m asl, in Colombia.

Habitat and Ecology

It occurs on the ground next to streams in cloud forests. It lays its eggs on the ground, which (when hatched), are transported on the backs of the male to temporary ponds where they develop further. It has not been recorded outside forest habitat.


It is a common species.

Population Trend


Major Threats

The major threats are deforestation for agricultural development, the planting of illegal crops, logging, and human settlement.

Conservation Actions

The range of the species includes Parque Nacional Natural Munchique.

Red List Status

Endangered (EN)


John Lynch, Fernando Castro 2004. Colostethus mertensi. In: IUCN 2014


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