This species is known from the eastern flank of the Cordillera Central in the departments of Caldas and Tolima, and from the western and eastern flanks of the Cordillera Oriental in the departments of Cundinamarca, Boyacá, Santander, Meta and Serranía de la Macarena. It has been recorded from 350-2,500 m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It occurs on the ground in cloud forests and in tropical rainforests in the Orinoco region. It is adaptable to a degree of habitat modification and has been found in crop and pastureland. Lynch (2006) considered that the species was quite sensitive to habitat modification by man. Populations on the Orinocoan part of the range are associated to streams and are considered to be quite sensitive; however, populations on the Río Magdalena Valley can be found in disturbed areas and polluted streams, they can even be found in open areas near streams and small ponds (A. Acosta pers. comm. 2008, J.V. Rueda pers. comm. 2008). The larvae develop in streams.
It is a common species.
There are no known threats to this widespread, adaptable species.
Its range includes Guanentá and Macarena protected areas. Taxonomic research is needed to resolve what is probably a species complex.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern since, although its Extent of Occurrence is probably less than 20,000 km2, it is common and adaptable with a presumed large population, and it is unlikely to be declining to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
This form is probably a complex of more than one species.
Ramírez Pinilla, M., Osorno-Muñoz, M., Rueda-Almonacid, J.V., Amézquita, A. & Ardila-Robayo, M. 2010. Rheobates palmatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T55124A86440581. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2010-2.RLTS.T55124A11256311.en