This species occurs in northern Ecuador (in Esmeraldas and Carchi Provinces), and in Colombia on the western flank of the Cordillera Occidental in Nariño, Cauca, Valle del Cauca and Choco Departments, between 200 and 550m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It lives in closed lowland tropical rainforest, coming close to human habitation in some areas. Breeding takes place in temporary and permanent pools, sometimes close to rivers (where young animals in particular are often found).
It is locally common.
The major threats it faces are deforestation for agricultural development and cultivation of illegal crops, logging, mining, the introduction of exotic species, human settlement, and pollution resulting from the spraying of illegal crops. In Ecuador, there is commercial export of animals for pharmacological research and the pet trade.
In Ecuador, its range overlaps with the Reserva Ecológica Cotacachi-Cayapas, and it also occurs in protected areas in Colombia. Legislation is needed to regulate the international trade and the harvesting of this species.
Red List Status
Near Threatened (NT)
Listed as Near Threatened because its Extent of Occurrence is not much greater than 20,000 km2, and the extent and quality of its habitat are probably declining, thus making the species close to qualifying for Vulnerable.
Wilmar Bolívar, Luis A. Coloma, Santiago Ron, Diego Cisneros-Heredia 2004. Rhaebo blombergi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T54590A11157227. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T54590A11157227.en