This species occurs in the Colombian Andes, being found mainly along the Cordillera Central, and also in the Cordillera Occidental in the Puracé area (Cauca Department), with an isolated record from south-western Cali (Valle Department). It has been recorded from 1,500-1,800m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It is a subterranean inhabitant of cloud forests and lower montane forests. It has also been recorded within the city limits of Popayán, and so is perhaps tolerant of some habitat disturbance.
There is very little information regarding the population status of this species.
At present the major threats to this species are unknown. Deforestation as a result of expanding agriculture, and urbanisation are potential threats, but there is not enough information available to confirm this.
Some populations are known from areas of Parque Nacional Natural Farallones de Cali. This species is in need of taxonomic review (Wilkinson pers. comm.).
Red List Status
Data Deficient (DD)
Listed as Data Deficient in view of continuing uncertainties as to its extent of occurrence, status and ecological requirements.
The taxonomic status of this species is unclear.
John Lynch, Fernando Castro, Maria Isabel Herrera, Mark Wilkinson, Marvalee Wake 2004. Caecilia occidentalis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T59522A11955922. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T59522A11955922.en .Downloaded on 19 January 2019