This species is known from the type locality in the Orosi River Valley at the north end of the Cordillera de Talamanca in Costa Rica, at 1,300m asl. It might occur more widely.
Habitat and Ecology
It was found in leaf-litter in premontane rainforest. This species presumably breeds by direct development.
Only one specimen is known.
The main threat to it is forest clearance for cattle ranching. A hotel has been built on the site of the type locality, however there is apparently suitable habitat remaining in the area (Federico Bolaños pers. comm.).
The only known locality for this species is close to Parque Nacional Tapantí, in which this species might occur (although it has not so far been discovered there, despite being searched for).
Red List Status
Listed as Vulnerable because it is known from only a single location. The species is poorly known, and it is plausible that it is restricted to the Orosi River Valley. Further surveys within the area are needed to confirm the distribution and threats to the species. If the species is found to have a restricted range the species may qualify as Critically Endangered because of ongoing habitat loss.
Bolaños, F., Wake, D. & Savage, J. 2008. Nototriton tapanti. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T59303A11909783. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2008.RLTS.T59303A11909783.en