This species is known only from the type locality: La Salina, Boyacá Department, Colombia, at 1,450 m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
There is no information on the habitat and ecology of this species. However, like other members of its genus, it is probably associated with streams and waterfalls in montane forest. The eggs are carried on the back of the female, where they develop directly without a larval stage.
There is no information on the population status of this species; it is known only from the single type specimen. Surveys in the region of the type locality have not produced any individuals.
The region where this species occurs has been severely affected by mining for salt production, and all possible suitable remaining habitat for this taxon has been destroyed at the type locality.
Additional survey work is urgently required to determine whether or not it still survives in the wild, although further taxonomic research is also needed to ascertain whether or not it is a valid species or not.
Red List Status
Critically Endangered (CR)
Many researchers doubt the validity of this species. The single specimen might belong in the genus Hyla.
Infante-Rivero et al. (2009) suggested that this species, known only from the holotype, is not a member of Cryptobatrachus (the genus it was originally assessed under), but a hyline unassigned to genus, although possibly in Hyloscirtus (Frost 2015). It has been placed under "Hyla" for the interim (Frost 2015).
María Cristina Ardila-Robayo, Jose Vicente Rueda 2015. Hyla nicefori. In: IUCN 2014