This species is widespread on the western flank of the eastern Andes, and the eastern flank of the central Andes between 350–1,200 m asl. It occurs in the departments of Antioquia, Bólivar, Boyacá, Caldas, Cesar, Chocó, Córdoba, Cundinamarca, Huila, Magdalena, Santander, Sucre and Tolima (Acosta Galvis and Cuentas 2016).
Habitat and Ecology
This diurnal species occurs in tropical humid, dry and very dry forests, on the lowest stratum of the forests in the Caribbean and Andean region. It is also known from disturbed habitats such as banana plantations, although it does require that the habitat is not entirely cleared. The eggs are terrestrial and the adults then carry the tadpoles to temporary pools.
It is a very common species and the population is considered to be stable.
This species was popular in the pet trade but is now listed by CITES. It could be threatened by the pet trade if the CITES status was lifted because it is very difficult to breed in captivity. Six records of this species were located 2-4 km away from illicit coca cultivations, which are subject to eradication spraying. This species is potentially at risk since it is diurnal and eradication spraying occurs during the day (Lynch and Arroyo 2009).
The range of the species includes at least two protected areas on the Atlantic Coast. It is listed on Appendix II of CITES.
More information is needed on this species' distribution, population status, and threats.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its relatively wide distribution, tolerance of a degree of habitat modification and presumed large population.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2018. Dendrobates truncatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018: e.T55205A85886974. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2018-2.RLTS.T55205A85886974.en .Downloaded on 23 January 2019