This species is known from the Cordillera Occidental and Cordillera Central of Colombia in the departments of Cauca, Valle de Cauca, Choco, Risaralda, Quindio, Caldas and Antioquia. It occurs at moderate to intermediate elevations between 800–2,400 m asl (Acosta Galvis and Cuentas 2016).
Habitat and Ecology
This is a terrestrial species that inhabits the leaf-litter and ground of cloud forests and secondary forests. It is active part of the day and night, on the fallen leaves on the ground. It breeds by direct development.
It is relatively abundant where it has been recorded. In 2008, 13 individuals were found in secondary forest within Reserva Forestral Protectora del Río Bitaco (Méndez-Narváez and Bolívar-G. 2016). Due to ongoing decline in the extent and quality of habitat, the population is suspected to be decreasing.
Agriculture, both crops and livestock, as well as the fumigation of crops are major threats to the species' habitat.
Its range includes Parque Nacional Natural Tatama, Parque Nacional Natural Farallones de Cali, Parque Nacional Natural Las Orquideas, Regional Reserve Ucumari and Regional Reserve Bosques de Florencia.
More information is needed on this species' distribution, population status and trends.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution and presumed large population.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2018. Hypodactylus mantipus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018: e.T56741A85868383. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2018-2.RLTS.T56741A85868383.en .Downloaded on 20 February 2019