This species is known from the departments of Cauca, Valle, Risaralda, and Choco on the Cordillera Occidental, Colombia, from 1,110-2,350m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It occurs along streams on medium to low level vegetation in primary and secondary cloud forest. Although it has not been recorded outside forest it is tolerant of a degree of habitat disturbance. Breeding is by direct development.
It is usually a common species.
Habitat loss caused by agricultural development (including the cultivation of illegal crops) is a localized threat to this species, but there are currently no major threats to it. Other high-altitude, stream-breeding Eleutherodactylus species have undergone declines possibly due to chytridiomycosis, so this might be a potential future threat.
It occurs in Parque Nacional Natural Munchique, Parque Nacional Natural Farallones de Cali, and Parque Nacional Natural Tatamá. Given the possible threat of chytridiomycosis this species should be monitored carefully.
Red List Status
Near Threatened (NT)
Fernando Castro, Maria Isabel Herrera, John Lynch 2004. Pristimantis molybrignus. In: IUCN 2014