This species is known from Serranía de Macarena and the piedmont of the Cordillera Oriental in the departments of Meta and Cundinamarca, Colombia, from 1,000-2,400m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
This nocturnal species is associated with fast-flowing streams, with individuals usually occurring on vegetation up to 50cm above the ground, sometimes in secondary habitats. Breeding is by direct development.
It is a common species.
This is an adaptable species, and probably is not significantly threatened by habitat loss at present, although its habitat will become threatened by cultivation and fumigation of crops (which could cause pollution of streams), and the rearing of livestock. Other high-altitude, stream-breeding Eleutherodactylus sensu lato species have undergone declines possibly due to chytridiomycosis, so this might be a potential future threat.
Some populations of this species are within Parque Nacional Natural Serranía de La Macarena. Given the possible threat of chytridiomycosis this species should be monitored carefully.
Red List Status
Near Threatened (NT)
Martha Patricia Ramírez Pinilla, Mariela Osorno-Muñoz, Jose Vicente Rueda, Adolfo Amézquita, María Cristina Ardila-Robayo 2010. Pristimantis savagei. In: IUCN 2014