This species is known from a single specimen taken at Cerro Socopó, 84km north-west of Carora, in Falcón state, Venezuela (10.28N, 70.48W), at 1,250m asl. It is assumed to be restricted to the Cerro Socopó.
Habitat and Ecology
The Cerro Socopó is a relict of cloud forest surrounded by semi-arid vegetation. It presumably breeds by larval development, but the site of egg deposition is not known.
The population status of this species is not known.
All of the area of Cerro Socopó has been severely affected by forest destruction for agriculture (crops and livestock), as well as by agricultural pollution.
The range of this species does not include any protected areas, and the species' habitat is in urgent need of protection. Additional survey work is needed to determine the biology and population status and trends of this species.
Red List Status
Critically Endangered (CR)
Listed as Critically Endangered because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 100 km2, all individuals are in a single location, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat on the Cerro Socopo, Venezuela.
This species was previously included in the genus Hyla but has recently been moved to the resurrected genus Dendropsophus (Faivovich et al. 2005).
Enrique La Marca, Abraham Mijares 2004. Dendropsophus amicorum. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T29430A9496492. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T29430A9496492.en .Downloaded on 14 November 2018