This species is known from the Cordillera Central of the Colombian Andes in the departments of Antioquia, Caldas, Quindio and Tolima. It has been recorded between 2,600–3,200 m asl. It is likely to occur more widely than currently records suggest, but the EOO for its current range is 6,764 km2.
Habitat and Ecology
This species is found on leaf litter in cloud forest and sub-páramo habitats, occurring in primary and secondary forest. Breeding is by direct development.
It is a rare species due to its cryptozoic behaviour. Due to ongoing decline in the extent and quality of habitat, the population is suspected to be decreasing.
The major threat is habitat loss caused by deforestation for agricultural development (including illegal crops) and cattle grazing throughout its range. Localized threats include mining activities located in the the southern part of its distribution and mining concessions in the northern part.
This species is found in several protected areas including Río Blanco Water District of the city of Manesalles.
Additional protection of this species' sub-páramo habitat is recommended.
Further research in taxonomy, population trends, ecology and distribution are recommended for the species.
Red List Status
Listed as Vulnerable because its extent of occurrence (EOO) is 6,764 km2, it occurs in fewer than 10 threat-defined locations, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat caused by deforestation for agricultural development (including illegal crops) and cattle grazing throughout its range, and in a lesser extent by mining activities.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2017. Hypodactylus latens. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T56702A85871475. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-3.RLTS.T56702A85871475.en .Downloaded on 21 January 2019