This species is known only from the type locality on the western slope of the central Andes, in Cauca Department, Colombia, at 2,995m asl. It is most likely a synonym of a much wider ranging species.
Habitat and Ecology
It occurs in the lowest vegetation stratum of cloud forests. There is no information regarding its breeding habits or its adaptability to habitat disturbance, although the larvae are likely to develop in streams.
The population status of this species is unknown.
The major threats to this species are unknown.
The type locality is within Parque Nacional Natural Puracé. Taxonomic research is needed to determine whether or not this is a valid species (it is probably a synonym of Colostethus pulchellus).
Red List Status
Data Deficient (DD)
Listed as Data Deficient in view of continuing doubts as to its taxonomic validity as well as absence of recent information on its extent of occurrence, status and ecological requirements.
This species is probably a synonym of Hyloxalus pulchellus (Grant pers. comm.).
Taran Grant, John Lynch 2004. Hyloxalus pinguis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T55132A11258663. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T55132A11258663.en .Downloaded on 20 February 2019