This species was previously only known from the eastern slopes of the Andes in Ecuador. However it has now also been recorded from the eastern slopes of the Andes in southern Colombia (Acosta and Gutierrez 2012), which is its first country record. It has been recorded between 1,600–2,360 m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It is a montane forest species, and it is not known whether or not it can persist in altered habitats. It breeds by direct development.
This species is rarely recorded. It was collected as recently as 2014 (collected by J. Brito, MECN). In Colombia, it is only known from five individuals (Acosta and Gutierrez 2012). The population trend is unknown, but it is not severely fragmented.
Agriculture, both crops and livestock, as well as logging, mining, and infrastructure development for human settlement are major threats to the species’ habitat. Agricultural contamination is also a threat.
This species' range overlaps with Parque Nacional Sumaco Napo-Galeras, Parque Nacional Llanganates, Parque Nacional Sangay, Reserva Ecológica Cayambe-Coca, and Reserva Ecológica Antisana. It is not known from any protected areas in Colombia.
Population monitoring is needed to understand how threats are affecting the species.
Red List Status
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution and presumed large population.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2018. Bolitoglossa palmata. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018: e.T59191A85861483. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2018-1.RLTS.T59191A85861483.en .Downloaded on 18 January 2019