This species is known from the region of the type locality on the western slope of the Cordillera Occidental, in the department of Santander, Colombia. It has been recorded from 1,900-2,400m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It lives on rocks and vegetation up to 3m above the ground along streams in mature forests (and is found only in the forest interior). It breeds by direct development.
It is a rare species, and appears to be in decline.
The major threat to this species is habitat loss, due to agriculture, involving both crops and livestock, as well as wood plantations. Some other species of Eleutherodactylus that are associated with streams have undergone dramatic declines and disappearances, possibly due to chytridiomycosis, so the population status of this species should be monitored carefully.
Its range includes the Estacion Demostrativa El Rasgón. Additional protection of forest habitat in the range of this species is necessary.
Red List Status
Martha Patricia Ramírez Pinilla, María Cristina Ardila-Robayo, Fernando Castro, Maria Isabel Herrera 2004. Pristimantis jorgevelosai. In: IUCN 2014