This species is known from Aprada tepui (tepuis are Venezuelan flat top mountains) at 2,500m asl, and from Angasima tepui (Adanta) and Upuigma tepui (El Castillo), from between 2,000 and 2,100m asl. The mountain chains of Angasima tepui and Upuigma tepui are not physically connected, and lie about eight to 10km apart. Aprada tepui is likewise separated from the Chimantá massif, and lies about 20km to the north-east of it. This species therefore has a disjunct distribution.
Habitat and Ecology
This is a nocturnal frog found on open, rocky surfaces, and in crevices and depressions close to watercourses. It carries its eggs and juveniles on its back, and breeds by direct development.
It is common on these summits.
There are no known threats to the species' habitat at present.
This species occurs within Parque Nacional Canaima. In addition, Venezuelan flat top mountains (tepuis) are protected by law, so all the species occurring on them are protected.
Red List Status
Near Threatened (NT)
Listed as Near Threatened because although the species appears not to be in decline, its Extent of Occurrence is less than 5,000km2, thus making the species close to qualifying for Vulnerable.
This genus has recently been moved from the family Hylidae (Faivovich et al. 2005). Some specimens of this species resemble Stefania ginesi, but in these cases their general aspect is that of a somewhat slimmer and slightly smaller frog. Specimens from Terekeyuren (Murisipan) tepui and Kamarkawarai tepui, from the Los Testigos massif, closely resemble S. satelles, but were not assigned to this species pending further specimens becoming available.
Celsa Señaris, Enrique La Marca 2004. Stefania satelles. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T56035A11415441. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T56035A11415441.en .Downloaded on 17 November 2018