This species is only known from the type locality and the vicinity: Páramo de la Culata, in the district of Libertador, in the state of Mérida, Venezuela, at 2,600-3,000m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It inhabits clear, fast-flowing streams in Andean cloud forests and sub-páramo shrubland. The eggs are laid on land and the male protects the eggs. When they are hatched, the male carries the larvae on his back to water where they develop further.
It is an uncommon species.
Livestock farming is a major threat to the species' habitat, which is now severely fragmented. Introduced trout also prey on the larvae of this species.
A population probably occurs within Parque Nacional Sierra de La Culata. Continued and strengthened management of this area, and expansion of the existing protected areas network to include other tracts of montane forest habitat, are necessary.
Red List Status
Listed as Endangered, because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 5,000 km2 and its Area of Occupancy is less than 500 km2, its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat.
Enrique La Marca, Juan Elías García-Pérez 2004. Aromobates duranti. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T55254A11281790. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T55254A11281790.en .Downloaded on 19 November 2018