This species is known from the region of the type locality in the Páramo de Frontino, and in Abriaqui in the Department of Antioquia, in Colombia, at 3,300–3,800 m asl. The area has been relatively well sampled and it is unlikely that the species is more widely distributed. Its EOO is 411 km2 and it occurs in two threat-defined locations.
Habitat and Ecology
It occurs in páramo and sub-páramo areas, amongst fallen leaves, grass and sparse vegetation. It is closely associated with the leaf axils of Espeletia spp. It breeds by direct development.
It is a common species (C. Marin pers. comm. 2016). Due to ongoing decline in the extent and quality of habitat caused by mining, the population is suspected to be decreasing.
The main threat to the species is degradation and loss of habitat due to mining activities. Climate change might also reduce the suitable habitat available and force the species to move to higher elevations, and hence further restrict its range.
The species is present in Páramo Urrao, a protected forest reserve, and Reserva Natural de las Aves Colibri del Sol.
The creation of a protected area to conserve the habitat of this species is recommended, although this measure alone will not protect the species against the effects of climate change.
More information is needed on this species' distribution, population status, ecology, and threats. Close population monitoring of this species is required, given its extremely restricted range.
Red List Status
Listed as Endangered because of its extent of occurrence (EOO) of 411 km2, it occurs in two threat-defined locations, and there is a continuing decline in the area and quality of its habitat in the Central Cordillera of Colombia due to mining activities.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2017. Pristimantis satagius. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T56949A85883049. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-3.RLTS.T56949A85883049.en .Downloaded on 21 January 2019